One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjective & adverb
(with reference to payment) done from a sense of moral obligation rather than because of any legal requirement.as adjective ‘an ex gratia payment’
- ‘Cases where ex gratia compensation is paid on grounds other than serious default or complete exoneration will be very rare.’
- ‘Except for the victims of riots in 1984, all payment of compensation to sufferers of riots has been ex gratia.’
- ‘The share purchases, ex-gratia payment and pension contributions were funded through a €31.2m loan.’
Latin, literally ‘from favour’, from ex ‘from’ and gratia (see grace).
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