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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
The incident prompted an internal affairs investigation into whether there was any quid pro quo and the troopers were cleared, the source said.
What had been dubbed a denuclearization summit was actually light on the specifics, beyond its quid pro quo joint statement twinning North Korea’s commitment to denuclearize with US security commitments for Kim.
Beijing has also offered to remove tariffs on billions of dollars of U.S. farm products as part of the negotiations, although one person said the White House didn’t offer any quid pro quo.
For instance, one charge, a quid pro quo trade of favors, is incredibly hard to prove.
Sichel said last week that there was no quid pro quo.
Prosecutions occur under two conditions: When a donation is corrupt and the donor is seeking a quid pro quo from the candidate.
Unwilling to enter in a direct quid pro quo with their users, the data titans must make do with whatever their users submit.
So far there is no indication that Guatemala has received anything from Washington in a quid pro quo, though Trump expressed appreciation for Morales' support on the embassy issue in February when the two met in Washington.
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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.
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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