quid pro quo
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- Something understood as something else; an equivocation.
1844, Richard Burdon Haldane, The World as Will and Representation, 2nd edition, first book, translation of original by Arthur Schopenhauer, 13:
- The misunderstanding of the word or the quid pro quo is the unintentional pun, and is related to it exactly as folly is to wit.
- (law) This for that; giving something to receive something else; something equivalent; something in return.
1895, Uchimura Kanzo, chapter 1, in The Diary of a Japanese Convert:
- No less weightier was to be the youth's consideration for his master, who was to him no mere school teacher or college professor on quid pro quo principle, but a veritable didaskalos, in whom he could and must completely confide the care of his body and soul.
2002, Barry G. Silverman, Sklar v. Commissioner of Internal Revenue - Concurrence by Judge Silverman (2002):
- Section 170 states that quid pro quo donations, for which a taxpayer receives something in return, are not deductible.
- An equal exchange.
We had no money so we had to live by quid pro quo.
something understood as another
this for that