- a combining form occurring in loanwords from Latin, where it meant “well”: benediction.
- note well; take notice.
- of validity for the time being but subject to objection or nullification at a later date; provisionally: to take evidence de bene esse to ensure against its loss.
- note well; take noteAbbreviation: NB, N.B., nb, n.b.
Latin word-forming element meaning “well,” from Latin bene “well, in the right way, honorably, properly,” from PIE *dw-ene-, adverbial form of root *deu- “to do, perform, show favor, revere.” Cf. Latin bonus “good,” bellus “handsome, fine, pretty,” beatus “blessed.”