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cui bono

[koo i boh-noh; English kwee boh-noh, kahy-] /kʊɪ ˈboʊ noʊ; English ˈkwi ˈboʊ noʊ, ˈkaɪ-/
Latin.
1.
for whose benefit?
2.
for what use? of what good?
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British Dictionary definitions for cui bono

cui bono

/kwiː ˈbəʊnəʊ/
uknown
1.
for whose benefit? for what purpose?
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Word Origin and History for cui bono

a Latin phrase from Cicero. It means "to whom for a benefit," or "who profits by it?" not "to what good purpose?" as is often erroneously claimed. From cui "to? for whom?," an old form preserved here in the dative form of the interrogative pronoun quis "who?" (see who) + bono "good" (see bene-).

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