Coined circa 1721 and pronounced noh'tuh ben'nee. Latin not bene
, note well. An imperative
, to note + bene, well.
To take careful note of, note
well or observe
. Usually abbreviated as N.B.
and used to call attention to something the writer considers important;as, Nota Bene
: Appointment of this judge will have a lasting effect.
It’s more often than not used to bring to light something that is significant but does not fit well into the framework of a commentary.