on behalf of vs. in behalf of
A body of opinion favors in with the “interest, benefit” sense of behalf and on with the “support, defense” sense. This distinction has been observed by some writers but overall has never had a sound basis in actual usage. In current British use, on behalf (of) has replaced in behalf (of); both are still used in American English, but the distinction is frequently not observed.
Recent Examples of behalf from the Web
One such suit was filed in New York City earlier this week on behalf of a coalition of disability groups and individuals.
A firm called MyMiniFactory, which is based in London, works on behalf of brands to source high-quality 3D digital models from individuals for corporate websites.
The lawsuit, filed on behalf of a group called the College Area Students, Tenants and Landlords Association, says the restrictions go too far in several ways, not just violating the equal protection clause.
Earlier this year, a Turkish court formally arrested Deniz Yücel, a German newspaper correspondent who was charged with inciting hatred and spreading propaganda on behalf of a terrorist organization.
Tourists in Alabama spent $13.3 billion last year, according to a study done by Auburn University on behalf of the university.
An attorney for the family filed the lawsuit on behalf of the child and mother.
Given this enormous wealth and success, one has no choice but to wonder whether Dimon’s cri de coeur on behalf of the average American is fully credible.
HomeEscape home owners are expected to pay tourists taxes but the platform does not collect taxes on behalf of its owners like Airbnb does.
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Origin and Etymology of behalf
Middle English, from by + half half, side
First Known Use: 14th centurySee Words from the same year
BEHALF Defined for Kids
Definition of behalf for Students
: a person's interest or support He argued in my behalf.
on behalf ofor
in behalf of
1 : in the interest of I speak in behalf of my friend.
2 : as a representative of I accepted the award on behalf of the whole class.
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