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ex officio

[eks uh-fish-ee-oh]
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adverb, adjective
  1. by virtue of office or official position.

Origin of ex officio

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1525–35
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Examples from the Web for ex officio

Historical Examples

  • General Harrison was successful and fills the place that ex-officio makes him leader.

    The Arena

    Various

  • The Secretary of Commerce and Labor is the ex-officio president.

  • But the qualifications of an ex-officio member cannot be always satisfactory.

    The Confessions of a Collector

    William Carew Hazlitt

  • "I'm practically an ex-officio member in good standing myself," I said.

    The Telenizer

    Don Thompson

  • He was constable, for one thing, and ex-officio county jailor.

    A Man of Honor

    George Cary Eggleston


British Dictionary definitions for ex officio

ex officio

adverb, adjective
  1. by right of position or officeAbbreviation: ex off

Word Origin

Latin
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Word Origin and History for ex officio

Latin, "in discharge of one's duties," literally "out of duty," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + officio, ablative of officium "duty" (see office).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper