Definition of pace preposition from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈpɑːkeɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːkeɪ//
; BrE BrE//ˈpɑːtʃeɪ//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpɑːtʃeɪ//
; BrE BrE//ˈpeɪsi//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈpeɪsi//
(from Latin, formal)
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used before a person’s name to express polite disagreement with what they have said The evidence suggests, pace Professor Jones, that… (= Professor Jones has a different opinion). Word OriginLatin, literally ‘in peace’, ablative of pax, as in pace tua ‘by your leave’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: pace