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EtymologyEdit

From French au lieu de, from the classical Latin expression (in) locō, meaning “in place (of)”, consisting of the the ablative of locus (place), preceded or followed by a genitive, as in “parentis locō esse”, Cicero, Div. in Caecil., 19.61.

PronunciationEdit

  • (file)

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

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