Meaning of honoris causa*

ho•no•ris cau•sa

Pronunciation: (ō-nō'ris kou'sä Eng. o-nôr'is kô'z&schwa, o-nōr'-), [key]
— Latin. Latin.
  1. as a sign of respect (usually describing an honorary college or university degree).
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