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ex gratia

adjective, adverb uk   /eksˈɡreɪ.ʃə/ formal us  
An ex gratia payment is not necessary, especially legally, but is made to show good intentions: Ex gratia payments were made to all those who had been affected by the spillage.
(Definition of ex gratia from the Cambridge Advanced Learners Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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