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Ex officio

“Ex officio” is a Latin term that means “by virtue of one’s office” in English. This term is often used to indicate that a person holds a particular position or has specific powers or responsibilities automatically due to their official role or title. This happens rather than through a separate appointment or election.

For example, if someone is a member of a committee ex officio, it means that they are a member by virtue of their position or office. It does not mean that they were specially chosen or elected to serve on that committee.

This term is commonly used in legal, governmental, and organizational contexts to describe actions or roles that come with a particular position or office.

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