Definition of ex gratia in English:

ex gratia

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).


ex gratia

/ɛks ˈɡreɪʃə/