ex gratia

adjective or adverb

: as a favor : not compelled by legal right
ex gratia pension payments

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web The report also recommends that the department create a final policy on how ex gratia payments are handled after civilian casualty incidents. Ellie Kaufman, CNN, 27 Jan. 2022 The department issued an interim ex gratia policy in June 2020, but the report recommends further changes and asks that a final standing policy be issued. Ellie Kaufman, CNN, 27 Jan. 2022

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Word History


New Latin

First Known Use

1769, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of ex gratia was in 1769

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“Ex gratia.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex%20gratia. Accessed 25 Mar. 2023.

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