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Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by ariosto byron, Feb 18, 2013.

  1. ariosto byron Senior Member

    Seville (Spain)
    Spain - Spanish
    Hello, everybody.

    I have come across the Latin expression "de claro" in a text I am editing. I suspect it may mean something along the lines of "net income / profit" or something similar, but I'm not really sure. Here is the phrase used in context:

    Of this, sir, I intend to make fine linen, and by which I shall get de claro sixty pounds a week, and so improve the manufacture of linen in England.

    I have tried to look this up in a dictionary, to no avail. Could you possibly help me with it?

    Thanks a lot in advance.
  2. Scholiast Senior Member

    Reading, UK
    English - UK

    In this context, yes de claro will mean "net" - of taxes or other imposts. "Sixty pounds clear" would be an appropriate modern English version.

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