What would this latin sentence mean : "Prout necessitas ferat atque experientia suffragetur" ? No idea... Note: found in this link

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    – Adam
    Apr 30 '21 at 15:20
  • Well, I understand "necessitas","ferre", suffragi" etc, but the mix of those words, as presented here, look not understandable to me. "necessitas ferat" or "necessitas fert", for example, what could it mean ? I browsed dictionaries but found nothing. I could understand "experientiae suffragor", but not "experientia suffragetur"...
    – Andrew
    Apr 30 '21 at 16:52

There is an official English translation at the link you provided (labelled "EN" at the top right-hand side), which gives "as need arises and in the light of experience" as the official Vatican translation of this phrase.

Translated overly literally, it means "according as necessity carries and experience counsels".

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    "experiences are agreed with" ← I think this should rather be: "as experience counsels" Apr 30 '21 at 16:28
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    Oops, missed that suffragor is a deponent verb (and it's a singular form to boot!).
    – gmvh
    Apr 30 '21 at 16:36
  • I didn't know verb "ferre" could mean "arise"... The English translation seems to me far apart the real meaning
    – Andrew
    Apr 30 '21 at 17:02
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    @Andrew oh, you'd be surprised at all the things ferre can mean... Apr 30 '21 at 18:30

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