quid pro quo

noun
\ ˌkwid-ˌprō-ˈkwō How to pronounce quid pro quo (audio) \

Definition of quid pro quo

: something given or received for something else also : a deal arranging a quid pro quo

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Quid Pro Quo and the Apothecary

In the early 16th century, a quid pro quo was something obtained from an apothecary. That's because when quid pro quo (New Latin for "something for something") was first used in English, it referred to the process of substituting one medicine for another—whether intentionally (and sometimes fraudulently) or accidentally. The meaning of the phrase was quickly extended, however, and within several decades it was being used for more general equivalent exchanges. These days, it often occurs in legal contexts.

Examples of quid pro quo in a Sentence

in politics nobody does something for nothing: there's always a quid pro quo involved

Recent Examples on the Web

Any allegations of a personal quid pro quo involving Mr. Juffali’s assistance with a letter of credit and the payments from Nissan were completely unfounded, the statement said. Megumi Fujikawa, WSJ, "Carlos Ghosn’s Lawyer Launches Campaign to Clear His Client," 8 Jan. 2019 What's degrading to Americans was BleachBit-ing subpoena emails or the quid pro quo corruption at the Clinton Foundation. Fox News, "Purple Heart recipient helps veterans battle opioid abuse," 29 May 2018 The company does not engage in such quid pro quo arrangements, Allan said. Adam Satariano, The Seattle Times, "A hot seat for Facebook, an empty chair for Zuckerberg and a vow to share secret files," 27 Nov. 2018 Both sides say there was no quid pro quo — no deals for votes. Washington Post, "The Health 202: Trump administration rolls out a beauty pageant for Medicaid," 5 June 2018 This is quite clear quid pro quo, and doesn’t sound like there is much doubt. Tyler Kingkade, Town & Country, "How the College Admissions Scandal Is Different From the Other Ways Rich Parents Help Their Kids Get Into School," 13 Mar. 2019 There's no precedent for a quid pro quo demand for testimony by a witness. Fox News, "Political impact of Kavanaugh sexual assault allegation," 20 Sep. 2018 Dealmaking, contracts and quid pro quo mostly operate in unhappy marriages. John Gottman And Christopher Dollard, chicagotribune.com, "Five myths about marriage," 14 June 2018 Investigators were looking into a possible quid pro quo involving regulatory decisions and favorable media coverage. Matthew Campbell, Bloomberg.com, "Benjamin Netanyahu Could Be Heading for a Fifth Term. Or to Court," 14 June 2018

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First Known Use of quid pro quo

1582, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for quid pro quo

New Latin, something for something

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quid pro quo

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Financial Definition of quid pro quo

What It Is

Quid pro quo is a Latin phrase that literally means "something for something." The phrase usually indicates an exchange of goods or services of roughly equivalent value.

How It Works

From a legal perspective, quid pro quo indicates that a good or service has been traded for something of equal value. In particular, quid pro quo is used explicitly to indicate that there has been "consideration" in a contract, meaning that there are goods or services being delivered and that acceptable payment is made for these goods or services. Without consideration, or quid pro quo, for example, a contract may be determined to be nonbinding and invalid.

In the political world, for example, quid pro quo sometimes refers to giving support, financial or otherwise, to a political candidate in exchange for the expectation of direct support for an activity of the political benefactor. Quid pro quo may appear as bribery in these cases and such support must always be tested for conflicts of interest.

Why It Matters

Quid pro quo is one of the most common Latin legal terms used. In any transaction, legal, political or otherwise, it is helpful to know the quid pro quo, that is, the balance of the value of the service or good and the financial compensation being offered.

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quid pro quo

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English Language Learners Definition of quid pro quo

: something that is given to you or done for you in return for something you have given to or done for someone else

quid pro quo

noun
\ ˌkwid-ˌprō-ˈkwō How to pronounce quid pro quo (audio) \

Legal Definition of quid pro quo

: something (as consideration) given or received for something else

History and Etymology for quid pro quo

New Latin, something for something

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