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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 of quid pro quo from the Web
Lula’s lawyers say that Mr Moro did not show that the flat, which Lula never occupied or owned, was a quid pro quo for any action.
While this context may feel far-removed from the quid pro quo involved in exchanging favors with colleagues, friends and family, past research on reciprocity suggests the same principles likely apply.
Today, as Brexit looms, the quid pro quo is poised to become more complicated as the plane maker faces growing pressure from countries that buy the bulk of its planes to shift some manufacturing onto their shores.
That view would protect against foreign attempts to corruptly influence presidential actions, including classic quid pro quo bribery.
Miranda gets that politics is a business of quid pro quo.
The reason the series stopped is politics — a matter of self-image, self-interest and quid pro quo, or lack thereof.
Yet according to the police, the two foes held friendly meetings to discuss a quid pro quo.
Maybe our colleague, fellow parent, or friend will think our initial act was purely instrumental, only taken to initiate 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.
Origin and Etymology of quid pro quo
First Known Use: 1582See Words from the same year
quid pro quo Synonyms
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.
QUID PRO QUO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of quid pro quo for English Language Learners
: something that is given to you or done for you in return for something you have given to or done for someone else
Origin and Etymology of quid pro quo
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