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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. By virtue of office or position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. By virtue of the office that originated it, or of the title held

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • From office; by virtue, or as a consequence, of an office; officially.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. By virtue of office (and without other especial authority): as, a justice of the peace may ex officio take sureties of the peace: also used adjectively: as, an ex officio member of a body.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. by virtue of an office or position
  • adv. by virtue of position


Latin ex officiō : ex, from + officiō, ablative of officium, office.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Latin (Wiktionary)


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