cui prodest

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From Latin.

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cui prodest (uncountable)

  1. The rhetorical question "Who benefits?", as used to establish motive for a crime etc.
    • 2016, Donald Rayfield, ‘The Monk behind the Myth’, Literary Review, November:
      On the basis of cui prodest, the British and French might have helped kill Rasputin (to prevent him from persuading the Tsar to make peace with the Germans), but the presence of agents from both countries seems unlikely.

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