in lieu of

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Partial calque of French au lieu de.

Pronunciation[edit]

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Preposition[edit]

in lieu of

  1. instead of; in place of
    They gave him a cash award, in lieu of the promised prize package.
  2. (proscribed) in light of
    In lieu of recent events, more caution is needed.

Usage notes[edit]

Using it to mean “in light of” is etymologically incorrect (it is literally “in place of”), and thus considered an error.[1]

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