Functus officio

Definition - adj
[Latin, having performed his duty, having served its purpose]
: of no further official authority or legal effect <the warrant... had been returned and was functus officio ­Cady v. Dombrowski, 413 U.S. 433 (1973)> <once an arbitrator makes an award she is functus officio> ­used esp. of an officer who is no longer in office or of an instrument that has fulfilled its purpose
Pronunciation'f&[nj]k-t&s-&-'fi-shE-O, 'fu'[nj]k-tu's-o'-'fE-kE-O

Pronunciation Key

  • \&\ as a and u in a b ut
  • \[^&]\ as e in kitt en
  • \&r\ as ur and er in f urther
  • \a\ as a inash
  • \A\ as a in ace
  • \?\ as o in m op
  • \au\ as ou in ou t
  • \ch\ as ch in ch in
  • \e\ as e in bet
  • \E\ as ea in easy
  • \g\ as g in go
  • \i\ as i in hit
  • \I\ as i in ice
  • \j\ as j in job
  • \[ng]\ as ng in sing
  • \O\ as o in go
  • \o\ as aw in law
  • \oi\ as oy in boy
  • \th\ as th in thin
  • \[th_]\ as thin the
  • \?\ as oo in loot
  • \u\ as oo in foot
  • \y\ as y in yet
  • \zh\ as si in vision


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