Definition of ex gratia in US English:

ex gratia

adjective & adverb

  • (especially with reference to the paying of money) done from a sense of moral obligation rather than because of any legal requirement.

    as adjective ‘an ex gratia payment’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Cases where ex gratia compensation is paid on grounds other than serious default or complete exoneration will be very rare.’


Latin, literally ‘from favor’, from ex ‘from’ and gratia (see grace).


ex gratia

/eks ˈɡrāSH(ē)ə//ɛks ˈɡreɪʃ(i)ə/