pro bono

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adjective \ˌprō-ˈbō-(ˌ)nō\

Definition of pro bono

  1. :  being, involving, or doing professional and especially legal work donated especially for the public good pro bono work

pro bono

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Did You Know?

In Latin, pro bono publico means "for the public good;" in English we generally shorten the phrase to pro bono. Donating free legal help to those who need it has long been a practice of American law firms; the American Bar Association actually recommends that all lawyers donate 50 hours a year. Pro bono work is sometimes donated by nonlegal firms as well. For example, an advertising firm might produce a 60-second video for an environmental or educational organization, or a strategic-planning firm might prepare a start-up plan for a charity that funds shelters for battered women.

Origin and Etymology of pro bono

Latin pro bono publico for the public good


First Known Use: 1966


PRO BONO Defined for English Language Learners

pro bono

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adjective

Definition of pro bono for English Language Learners

  • law : involving or doing legal work for free


Law Dictionary

pro bono

adverb or adjective \ˌprō-ˈbō-nō\

Legal Definition of pro bono

  1. :  being, involving, or doing legal work donated especially for the public good

Origin and Etymology of pro bono

Latin pro bono publico for the public good



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