quid pro quo

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noun \ˌkwid-ˌprō-ˈkwō\

Definition of quid pro quo

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

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Examples of quid pro quo in a Sentence

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

Did You Know?

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

New Latin, something for something


QUID PRO QUO Defined for English Language Learners

quid pro quo

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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


Law Dictionary

quid pro quo

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noun \ˌkwid-ˌprō-ˈkwō\

Legal Definition of quid pro quo

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

Origin and Etymology of quid pro quo

New Latin, something for something



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