(of payment) given as a favour or from a sense of moral obligation rather than because of any legal requirement.‘generous companies may offer an ex gratia payment for employees with less than two years service’
- ‘The share purchases, ex-gratia payment and pension contributions were funded through a €31.2m loan.’
- ‘Except for the victims of riots in 1984, all payment of compensation to sufferers of riots has been ex gratia.’
- ‘Cases where ex gratia compensation is paid on grounds other than serious default or complete exoneration will be very rare.’
(with reference to the payment of money) as a favour or from a sense of moral obligation rather than because of any legal requirement.
- ‘payments were made ex gratia to compensate for the loss of contractual entitlement’
Latin, literally ‘from favour’, from ex ‘from’ and gratia (see grace).