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In the first place.
[Middle English in primis, from Latin in prīmīs : in, among; see in-2 + prīmīs, ablative pl. of prīmus, first; see per in Indo-European roots.]
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(Literary & Literary Critical Terms) archaic in the first place
[C15: from Latin phrase in prīmīs, literally: among the first things]
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im•pri•mis(ɪmˈpraɪ mɪs, -ˈpri-)
in the first place.
[1425–75; late Middle English < Latin, contraction of phrase in prīmīs]
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