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’
- ‘The share purchases, ex-gratia payment and pension contributions were funded through a €31.2m loan.’
- ‘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.’
Latin, literally ‘from favour’, from ex ‘from’ and gratia (see grace).
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