Definitions

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

  • n. An equal exchange or substitution.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Something understood as another ; an equivocation.
  • n. This for that; giving something to receive something else ; something equivalent ; something in return.
  • n. An equal exchange.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. Something given for something else; a tit for tat; in law, an equivalent; a thing given or offered in exchange for or in consideration of another; the mutual consideration and performance of either party as toward the other in a contract.

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

  • n. something for something; that which a party receives (or is promised) in return for something he does or gives or promises

Etymologies

Latin quid prō quō : quid, something + prō, for + quō, ablative of quid, something.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin : "what for what" . See quid, pro, and quo (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It didn't matter that Bjani had turned around and granted the Lorelei miners a quid pro quo out of the goodness of his heart.

    Angelmass

  • Their quid pro quo was that if Bethmann-Hollweg’s attempt to bring about a peace conference should fail — as they fully expected — the U-boats would be unleashed.

    Castles of Steel

  • “What about Ms. Murphy’s point that this is a quid pro quo case and not a hostile environment case?”

    Courting Trouble

  • The upcoming trial, Dietz v. Chipster, is a quid pro quo case of sexual harassment.

    Courting Trouble

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