I am pretty sure that I have heard the phrase "そなわち" used to begin sentences. Googling "そなわち" returns about 35,000 pages. Just like I remember, most use "そなわち" as a phrase at the beginning of a sentence. However, neither goo dict or jisho dict have this phrase.

  • what does "そなわち" mean?
  • Why isn't "そなわち" in either of those dictionaries?
  • Goo and Jisho are probably weak dictionaries. What are the jp/jp, eng/jp, jp/eng dictionaries that the moderators use?
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    Moderators are just people who try to help the site function the way it's supposed to. Although I have a ♦ diamond next to my name (indicating that I'm a moderator), there are other users on the site who are more knowledgeable than me but don't have ♦ diamonds :-)
    – user1478
    Aug 19, 2014 at 22:25

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The word you are looking for is なわち and should be in every dictionary. It means "therefore"/"namely".

  • yep. I need to work on my listening skills.
    – user312440
    Aug 19, 2014 at 22:14
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    Some people do say そなわち in real life, so maybe that is actually what you heard. The dictionary spelling is すなわち, though.
    – user4032
    Aug 19, 2014 at 23:08

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