Captatio benevolentiae  

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Captatio benevolentiæ is a Latin locution formed by the words capto ('take, catch') and benevolentia ('benevolence') on genitive case; so it generally means catch benevolence. The expression is used to indicate the attitude of those that, with fine words, deception, flattery, try to persuade other people.

  • In rhetoric, this expression refers to a technique that, usually at the beginning of a poem, is useful to have welcomed the attention of those who heard or read.
  • From a legal point of view this expression is meant the ability to influence the vote in the city through the exploitation of its institutional role within the community in which the citizen lives.

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