Pro Tanto Law and Legal Definition

Pro tanto is a Latin term meaning as much as one is able; only to that extent. It typically refers to a partial payment of a claim. The following is an example of a state statute dealing with a pro tanto payment:

"Eminent domain — Damages applied pro tanto to satisfy levies.

The damages thus allowed but not paid shall be applied pro tanto to the satisfaction of the levies made for such construction costs upon the lands on account of which the damages were awarded: PROVIDED, That nothing herein contained shall be construed to prevent the district from assessing the remaining lands of the owner or owners, so damaged, for deficiencies on account of the principal and interest on bonds and for other benefits not considered by the jury in the condemnation proceedings.