contingency fee

noun

Definition of contingency fee

: a fee for services (as of a lawyer) paid upon successful completion of the services and usually calculated as a percentage of the gain realized for the client

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Examples of contingency fee in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Personal injury lawyers representing victims work on a contingency fee basis. Timothy D. Lytton, Quartz, 10 Dec. 2020 Personal injury lawyers representing victims work on a contingency fee basis. Timothy D. Lytton, Quartz, 10 Dec. 2020 Personal injury lawyers representing victims work on a contingency fee basis. Timothy D. Lytton, Quartz, 10 Dec. 2020 Personal injury lawyers representing victims work on a contingency fee basis. Timothy D. Lytton, Quartz, 10 Dec. 2020 Personal injury lawyers representing victims work on a contingency fee basis. Timothy D. Lytton, Quartz, 10 Dec. 2020 Personal injury lawyers representing victims work on a contingency fee basis. Timothy D. Lytton, Quartz, 10 Dec. 2020 Taylor's family will receive $12 million, with their attorneys receiving 33% as a contingency fee. Tessa Duvall, The Courier-Journal, 15 Sep. 2020 That meant something like $1.3 billion was headed to Watts’s clients—an average of $32,000 per person, if the money was divided equally, which wasn’t likely—and $400 million in contingency fees for him and his investors. Francesca Mari, The Atlantic, 16 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of contingency fee

1905, in the meaning defined above

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“Contingency fee.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/contingency%20fee. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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contingency fee

noun

English Language Learners Definition of contingency fee

US : a payment that you make to a lawyer only if the lawyer wins your case in court

contingency fee

Legal Definition of contingency fee

— see fee sense 2

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