noun (plural quid pro quos)
- A favour or advantage granted in return for something: the pardon was a quid pro quo for their help in releasing hostagesMore example sentences
- Behind the scenes, the tacitly understood tradeoffs amount to quid pro quos.
- It does seem, however, that the deal entails some interesting quid pro quos.
- Negotiate in good faith first, and look at quid pro quos (such as aquaculture licenses), rather than using the hammer of forcible acquisition.
mid 16th century (denoting a medicine substituted for another): Latin, 'something for something'.