- 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
General Harrison was successful and fills the place that ex-officio makes him leader.The Arena
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
He was constable, for one thing, and ex-officio county jailor.A Man of Honor
George Cary Eggleston
- by right of position or officeAbbreviation: ex off
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Word Origin and History for ex officio
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