Cf.

cf. is translated, and can be read aloud, as “compare”. It is an abbreviation for the Latin word confer, literally meaning “bring together”, and is used to refer to other material or ideas which may provide similar or different information or arguments. It is mainly used in scholarly contexts such as in academic articles (mainly humanities, physics, chemistry, and biology) or legal texts. It is the imperative singular form of the Latin verb conferre.

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