in lieu of

EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Partial calque of French au lieu de.

PronunciationEdit

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PrepositionEdit

in lieu of

  1. Instead of; in place of.
    They gave him a cash award, in lieu of the promised prize package.
  2. (proscribed) In light of.
    In lieu of recent events, more caution is needed.

Usage notesEdit

  • Using it to mean in light of is etymologically incorrect (it is literally in place of), and thus considered an error.[1]

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