pro bono

or pro-bon·o

[proh boh-noh]
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adjective, adverb
  1. (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]
adverb Latin.
  1. for the public good or welfare.
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pro bono publico

  1. for the public good
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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-.

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