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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Origin and Etymology of ex officio

Late Latin


EX OFFICIO Defined for English Language Learners

ex officio

adverb

Definition of ex officio for English Language Learners

  • : because of your job, office, or position


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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

Origin and Etymology of ex officio

Late Latin


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