functus officio


func·​tus of·​fi·​cio
ˈfəŋk-təs-ə-ˈfi-shē-ō, ˈfu̇ŋk-tu̇s-ȯ-ˈfē-kē-ō
: of no further official authority or legal effect
the warrant… had been returned and was functus officioCady v. Dombrowski, 413 U.S. 433 (1973)
once an arbitrator makes an award she is functus officio
used especially of an officer who is no longer in office or of an instrument that has fulfilled its purpose

Word History


Latin, having performed his duty, having served its purpose

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“Functus officio.” Legal Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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