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recompense

noun amends, compensation, damages, defrayment, deserts, earnings, fee, gratuity, guerdon, income, indemnification, meed, merces, payment, praemium, price, quittance, recoupment, recovery, redress, reimbursement, remuneration, reparation, repayment, requitement, restitution, return, reward, salary, settlement, solatium, substitution, wage
See also: alimony, award, bear the expense, brokerage, charge, collect, collection, commission, compensate, compensation, contribute, contribution, cover, damages, disburse, disbursement, discharge, earnings, expiation, fee, honorarium, indemnification, indemnify, indemnity, pay, payment, payroll, perquisite, price, prize, quit, reciprocate, recoup, recovery, refund, reimburse, reimbursement, relief, remedy, remit, remittance, remunerate, remuneration, reparation, repay, requital, restitution, restore, retainer, return, revenue, reward, satisfaction, satisfy, trover, wage

recompense

the Scots term for the obligation to pay for services in the absence of contract or, indeed, an as yet unrecognized general enrichment action. An aspect of the law of RESTITUTION and founded upon the civil law, the remedy is to make the recipient of the work done or services rendered disgorge the value to the recipient of the work (in quantum lucratus). This can be, and usually will be, less than the contract price and indeed may be less than would be due under an implied contract, which would allow recovery QUANTUM MERUIT - for the market value of the services. The service must usually be done without an intention to donate. If rendered in error, then recovery is assisted, but it is unlikely that error is required.

RECOMPENSE. A reward for services; remuneration for goods or other property.
     2. In maritime law there is a distinction between recompense and restitution. (q.v.) When goods have been lost by jettison, if at any subsequent period of the voyage the remainder of the cargo be lost, the owner of the goods lost by jettison cannot claim restitution from the owners of the other goods; but in the case of expenses incurred with a view to the general benefit, it is clear that they ought to be made good to the party, whether he be an agent employed by the master in a foreign port or the ship owner himself.

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They have here two harvests in the year, which is a sufficient recompense for the small produce of each; one harvest they have in the winter, which lasts through the months of July, August, and September, the other in the spring; their trees are always green, and it is the fault of the inhabitants that they produce so little fruit, the soil being well adapted to all sorts, especially those that come from the Indies.
At his request I accompanied him to her quarters, and the look of venomous hatred she cast upon me was almost adequate recompense for any future misfortunes this accidental return to Thark might bring me.
I did not take bribes, you see, so I was bound to find a recompense in that, at least.
D'Artagnan at once comprehended that this was his recompense.
Sire, the kindness your majesty deigns to evince towards me is a recompense which so far surpasses my utmost ambition that I have nothing more to ask for.
How many times have I not told you that I stand in need of NOTHING, of absolutely NOTHING, as well as that I shall never be in a position to recompense you for all the kindly acts with which you have loaded me?
To tell you, my lord, that the moment has now arrived when, with a single word, you may recompense all these services.
No; Laurence," rejoined Grandfather; "and every warlike achievement involves an amount of physical and moral evil, for which all the gold in the Spanish mines would not be the slightest recompense.
Monsieur," said the king, "what do you wish that I should give you, as a recompense for this devotedness and probity?
But how thinkest thou, chela, to recompense these people, and especially the priest, for their great kindness?
Planting of countries, is like planting of woods; for you must make account to leese almost twenty years' profit, and expect your recompense in the end.
He gazed upon it long and fixedly, estimated the prodigious labor that had been bestowed upon it, and, not being able to find any recompense sufficiently great for this Herculean effort, he passed his arm round the painter's neck and embraced him.