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