In this video, you get answers to these questions:

  • What is the definition of quid pro quo?
  • What is an example of quid pro quo?

Video Transcript

What is a quid pro quo? What does quid pro quo mean? That’s what I’m going to answer today. I’m Aaron Hall, an attorney in Minnesota.

Quite simply, quid pro quo is a Latin phrase that means this for that or this for this. It quite simply is an exchange. For example, if I said, “I’ll give you $5 for a can of Cola,” you’d say, “Great.” That is a quid pro quo. I said I’d give you $5, you said you would give me a can of Cola.

It’s anytime there’s an exchange where each party is giving something or giving up something. Here’s what I mean by giving up something. I might say, “I’ll give you $5 if you don’t go buy the last shirt at the store. The shirt is a size that fits me. I want to buy it. I’m going to go to the store and buy it. Please, I’ll give you $5 if you don’t go buy it first.” In that case, you’re giving up a right to go buy a shirt. You’ve essentially given me something.

Either way, it really doesn’t matter. It’s this for that. It’s an exchange. It’s where one party is doing something or declining to do something they are legally permitted to do. It’s a this for that. That’s what quid pro quo means.

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