- as a favor rather than as a matter of right: ex gratia payments made to nonstriking workers.
Origin of ex gratia
First recorded in 1760–70, ex gratia is from the Latin word ex gratiā out of goodwill
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- given as a favour or gratuitously where no legal obligation existsan ex gratia payment
New Latin, literally: out of kindness
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