ex officio

adverb or adjective
ex of·fi·cio | \ˌek-sə-ˈfi-shē-ˌō, -sē-\

Definition of ex officio 

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

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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

adverb

English Language Learners Definition of ex officio

: because of your job, office, or position

ex officio

adverb or adjective
ex of·fic·io | \ˈeks-ə-ˈfi-shē-ō, -sē-ō \

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

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