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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
So for the soon-to-be bride and groom, think soul, not quid pro quo.
The story emerging from the Mueller investigation is that Russia hacked the Clinton campaign’s emails and used those them as chips in a quid pro quo with the Trump campaign.
For decades, these men tore through women with perverse immunity, proffering carnal quid pro quo, threatening women’s livelihoods or, in the case of Bill Cosby, allegedly straight-up rendering them unconscious before taking advantage of them.
However, Beauchamp adds, the power dynamics that allow someone to get away with that kind of quid pro quo are the product of a specific moment in time.
Opponents portrayed the appointment as cronyism, since Mr. Strange was state attorney general at the time, though there is no evidence of any quid pro quo.
The quid pro quo is that the U.K. must accept all of the EU’s rules while losing any say in how they are made.
Barrack was called before Congress to answer questions about whether his Interior appointment was a quid pro quo.
Other progressives are less orthodox on a quid pro quo that enshrines DACA into law.
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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
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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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