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

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Christ said the campus had patched up such weaknesses in athletics five years earlier: names of athletes who rarely play are now checked against donor lists to flag quid pro quo admissions, and three committees verify athletic applicants. Nanette Asimov, SFChronicle.com, "UC Berkeley chancellor confronts diversity, housing challenges as classes resume," 2 Sep. 2019 The quid pro quo relationship between Aequitas and a handful of investment advisory firms across the country emerged as one of the particularly egregious aspects of the Aequitas swindle. oregonlive.com, "SEC: Gig Harbor investment advisor secretly in cahoots with Aequitas banned from investment business," 26 July 2019 The Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson, a Reagan speechwriter, provided details of the unabashed quid pro quo, outlined in a 1983 KGB memorandum. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Democrats Are the True Election Meddlers," 15 Aug. 2019 The plan called for voters to cast ballots for the same candidate, often on a quid pro quo basis, which is known as block voting and considered by the Academy to be unfair. Editors, USA TODAY, "Trump and Iran, World Cup and SpaceX: 5 things you need to know Monday," 24 June 2019 Federal prosecutors abandoned efforts to try Mr. Menendez after the judge threw out several counts of the charges, saying that the prosecution had not proved a quid pro quo under the definition laid out by the McDonnell decision. Nick Corasaniti, New York Times, "Why the ‘Bridgegate’ Scandal Could Backfire on Prosecutors," 3 July 2019 The Russian leader had proposed an unusual quid pro quo. Brooke Singman, Fox News, "Trump floats 2nd Putin summit, amid new firestorm over Russia bid to question US officials," 19 July 2018 As a quid pro quo, institutions have to be more obviously free of political influence than ever before. R.c., The Economist, "The political nausea when feelings replace facts," 21 June 2019 There is no evidence that Mr. Falwell’s endorsement was part of a quid pro quo arranged by Mr. Cohen. Frances Robles, New York Times, "The Evangelical, the ‘Pool Boy,’ the Comedian and Michael Cohen," 18 June 2019

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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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