ex of·​fi·​cio | \ ˌek-sə-ˈfi-shē-ˌō How to pronounce ex officio (audio) , -sē- \

Definition of ex officio

: by virtue or because of an office the Vice President serves ex officio as president of the Senate

Examples of ex officio in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web As governor, Newsom sits as an ex officio member of the CSU and UC boards. Los Angeles Times, "California legislation inspired by college admissions scandal goes to Gov. Gavin Newsom," 11 Sep. 2019 Names President ex officio, orator extraordinaire, and noted tastemaker Barack Obama took a break from his annual Martha’s Vineyard getaway to share his always-entertaining summer playlist. Isaac Feldberg, BostonGlobe.com, "Barack Obama dropped his summer playlist, and it’s ‘Too Good’ not to share," 25 Aug. 2019 Last summer, Assembly Member Eduardo Garcia, an ex officio member of the board, visited Acre, Brazil, with the three other Democratic assembly members who signed the letter. Lisa Song, ProPublica, "California Legislators Urge Caution, but Greenlight a Plan That Could Lead to the Widespread Use of Forestry Offsets," 21 June 2019 The vote by the Investment Committee for the California State Teachers’ Retirement System was supported by state Treasurer John Chiang, an ex officio member of the panel. Patrick Mcgreevy, latimes.com, "Teachers' retirement system to pressure retailers to stop selling firearms banned in California," 9 May 2018 McCain, who serves as the chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, is an ex officio member of the intelligence panel. Karoun Demirjian, chicagotribune.com, "Sen. McCain asks CIA director nominee Haspel to explain her record tied to torture," 23 Mar. 2018 Republican governor Robert Bentley—whose fear of an ISIS attack within his state is so strong that he's proudly turned away Syrian refugees in need of a home—is an ex officio member of its board. Jessica Pishko, Esquire, "The FBI Accused Him of Terrorism. He Couldn't Tie His Shoes.," 8 Sep. 2016

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First Known Use of ex officio

1533, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for ex officio

Late Latin

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“Ex officio.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/ex%20officio. Accessed 18 January 2020.

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More Definitions for ex officio

ex officio

adverb
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English Language Learners Definition of ex officio

formal : because of your job, office, or position
ex of·​fic·​io | \ ˈeks-ə-ˈfi-shē-ō, -sē-ō How to pronounce ex officio (audio) \

Legal Definition of ex officio

: by virtue or because of an office the Vice President serves ex officio as president of the Senate an ex officio member of the board

History and Etymology for ex officio

Late Latin

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