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quid pro quo Syllabification: quid pro quo
Pronunciation: /ˌkwid ˌprō ˈkwō/

Definition of quid pro quo in English:

noun (plural quos)

A favor or advantage granted or expected in return for something: the pardon was a quid pro quo for their help in releasing hostages
More 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.
exchange, trade, trade-off, swap, switch, barter, substitute, reciprocation, return;
amends, compensation, recompense, restitution, reparation


Mid 16th century (denoting a medicine substituted for another): Latin, 'something for something'.

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