Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Done without compensation for the public good: a lawyer's pro bono work.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. done without fee, generally for clients of humble means
  • adv. In a manner without fee.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. done for the public good without compensation

Etymologies

Latin prō bonō (publicō), for the (public) good : prō, for + bonō, ablative of bonum, the good.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Abbreviated from Latin pro bono publico for the public good. (Wiktionary)

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