ex officio

[eks uh-fish-ee-oh]

adverb, adjective

by virtue of office or official position.

Origin of ex officio

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1525–35
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Related Words for ex officio

approved, sanctioned

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British Dictionary definitions for ex officio

ex officio

adverb, adjective

by right of position or officeAbbreviation: ex off

Word Origin for ex officio

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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).

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