Pro bono means something done for free, something done for the public good, something done for free for public welfare, something done for somebody for which money is not collected.  

Pro bono is a Latin word meaning good, rightly, morally.

The firm acted pro bono.

Legally, pro bono service is a service to a client without charging or collecting money.

“I am delighted to acknowledge the valuable work done by many busy Barristers, who give of their time freely to support those who would not otherwise be able to enforce their legal rights. Pro Bono work is essential because of the limits of public funding. Those who do Pro Bono work provide a vital public service. I am very grateful to all involved.” –Richard Atkins QC, Chair of the Bar, PRO BONO WEEK (

The preaching of swamis and gurus across India is a pro bono service to the society? 

Are there firms that offer pro bono legal services in your town?

There are few lawyers who take cases pro bono.

Pro bono publico means for the public good. It is short term is pro bono. The full form is used to describe the central motivation of large organizations such as the primary health centres across India, the National Health Service in the UK. 

“When the late Pope John Paul II decided to place the woman so strangely known as “Mother” Teresa on the fast track for beatification, and thus to qualify her for eventual sainthood, the Vatican felt obliged to solicit my testimony and I thus spent several hours in a closed hearing room with a priest, a deacon, and a monsignor, no doubt making their day as I told off, as from a rosary, the frightful faults and crims of the departed fanatic. In the course of this, I discovered that the pope during his tenure had surreptitiously abolished the famous office of “Devil’s Advocate,” in order to fast-track still more of his many candidates for canonization. I can thus claim to be the only living person to have represented the Devi pro bono.” –Christopher Hitchens, Hitch 22: A Memoir


Pro has many meanings, please refer to a standard dictionary for its comprehensive meaning.

Pro or PRO is an abbreviation for Public Relations Officer, or Public Records Officer.

Pro is with some words to indicate – in favour of or supporting something such as pro-abortion, pro-veganism, pro-democratic activism; an argument in favour of something; a vote for the affirmative; used with nouns referring to someone acting as a pro-vice-chancellor.

Pro functions as a prefix for some words: pronoun, prolocutor (defending or acting for someone), prolabour or pro-Asia (favouring). 

Pro is a short form or a colloquial word for a professional especially a professional sportsman. Are you a cricket pro? Are you a pro in politics?

The Pros and cons is an idiom meaning arguments for and against.


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