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.

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  • adj. done for the public good without compensation


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)


  • In deference to the world's unfortunates, however, it is also my practice to make myself available on a. pro bono basis to London hospitals, prisons and the immigration authorities despite the fact that the remuneration in such cases is peanuts.

    the mission song

  • Will Quinn, his last pro bono client in Miami, was free now because of his efforts, after having spent six years in prison for a murder someone else had committed.

    In His Own Defense

  • I had taken on Timothy Jackson’s case pro bono because both he and his mother convinced me that he had nothing to do with the carjacking.

    Street Judge

  • By his own real estate transactions, by his special project with Bosk, by his girlfriends, by arranging buys with his drug dealer, Magaly, by his family, by his pro bono clients, all in motion, all spinning, all just barely under control.

    Mistress of Justice

  • Unlike Dr. Stanton, when I confided in Max my plans for pro bono and legal social work, he beamed with pride.

    Land of the Blind

  • I thought about what kind of strategist you were, about Clayton's womanizing, about how it would be easy for you to get a gun from one of your clients in the criminal pro bono program.

    Mistress of Justice

  • "And I'm not sure which are my pro bono criminal clients and which are the white-shoe folks we wine and dine at the Downtown Athletic Club."

    Mistress of Justice

  • "I've had murderers in the pro bono program who're more upright than the CEO — Lloyd Hanover.

    Mistress of Justice

  • To the pro bono team of lawyers at Global Health Institute, first of whom I must single out Armand Fried, who after observing me work with a participant donated many hours of his time to watch my back, keep a roof over my head, and keep the barbarians at the gate during the decade of virtually unpaid research for Global Health Institute.

    Manifesting Michelangelo


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