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pro bono

or pro-bono

[proh boh-noh] /ˌproʊ ˈboʊ noʊ/
adjective, adverb
(of legal work) without charge to the client:
The firm offers pro bono legal services. He took the case pro bono.
Origin of pro bono
First recorded in 1720-30, pro bono is from the Latin word prō bonō for (the) good, rightly, morally

pro bono publico

[proh boh-noh poo-bli-koh; English proh boh-noh puhb-li-koh] /proʊ ˈboʊ noʊ ˈpu blɪˌkoʊ; English proʊ ˈboʊ noʊ ˈpʌb lɪˌkoʊ/
adverb, Latin.
for the public good or welfare. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for pro bono
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  • Ay, by the blue vault of heaven will we,” said Bunce, “if it be pro bono publico!

    The Pirate

    Sir Walter Scott
  • Generous to a fault, his purse—which the bounty of his aunt keeps well supplied—is a public bank, pro bono publico.

    The English Spy Bernard Blackmantle
  • Bathroom and washstand were supplied by a rusty brass tap, placed, pro bono publico, in the corridor.

  • These remarks were delivered openly, pro bono, and dissolved the wedding party.

  • pro bono publico was the order of the day—pro libertate patri was the motto of each freeman.

British Dictionary definitions for pro bono

pro bono publico

/ˈprəʊ ˈbəʊnəʊ ˈpʊblɪkəʊ/
for the public good
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for pro bono

short for Medieval Latin pro bono publico "for the public good;" see pro- + bene-.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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