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Definition of honoris causa adverb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary


honoris causa

NAmE//ɑˌnɔrəs ˈkaʊsə//
, NAmE//ɑˌnɔrəsˈkaʊzə//
(from Latin)
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(especially of a degree) given to a person as a sign of honor and respect, without their having to take an exam She was awarded a degree honoris causa.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: honoris causa