Emolument “Legally” Defined

The following definitions for “emolument” are taken from Ballantine’s Law Dictionary (3rd edition), Bouvier’s Law Dictionary (6th edition), Black’s Law Dictionary (2nd edition), and Webster’s Dictionary (1828):

 

 
 

(Ballantine’s)

 

The profit arising from office or employment; that which is received as compensation for services, or which is annexed to the possession of office as salary, fees, and perquisites; advantage; gain, public, or private [State ex rel. Todd v. Reeves, 196 Wash 145, 82 P2d 173, 118 ALR 177]. Indirect or contingent remunerations which may or may not be earned; remunerations in the nature of compensation or in the nature of reimbursement [Waller v. United States, 86 App DC 93, 180 F2d 194, 16 ALR2d 1328].

 
 

(Bouvier’s)

 

The lawful gain or profit which arises from an office.

 
 

(Black’s)

 

The profit arising from office or employment; that which is received as compensation for services, or which is annexed to the possession of office as salary, fees, and perquisites; advantage; gain, public, or private [Webster]. Any perquisite, advantage, profit, or gain arising from the possession of an office [Apple v. Crawford County, 105 Pa. 303, 51 Am. Rep. 205; Hoyt v. U.S., 10 How. 135, 13 L. Ed. 348; Vansant v. State, 96 Md. 110, 53 Atl. 711].

 
 

(Webster’s)

 

EMOL’UMENT, n. [L. emolumentum, from emolo, molo, to grind. Originally, toll taken for grinding. See Mill].

  1. The profit arising from office or employment; that which is received as a compensation for services, or which is annexed to the possession of office as salary, fees, and perquisites.

  2. Profit; advantage; gains in general.

 

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