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Examples of emolument in a Sentence
the annual emolument for the director of the charity is officially only one dollar
Recent Examples of emolument from the Web
Some critics say the payments may violate a provision of the Constitution known as the domestic emoluments clause.
Other legal experts, however, contend that domestic emoluments are allowable so long as Mr. Trump does not earn them from his service as president.
Legal experts give the two remaining emoluments clause lawsuits a remote chance of succeeding.
Trump administration lawyers have argued that earnings from such business activity, including hotel room stays, don’t qualify as emoluments.
But an attorney from the Justice Department pointed out the House and Senate had even drafted bills about the President's acceptance of emoluments.
At issue is the Constitution’s emoluments clause, which bans federal officials from accepting benefits from foreign or state governments without congressional approval.
Justice Department lawyers have argued that such business activity, including hotel room stays, isn’t an emolument.
Simply put, emoluments are a payment from a foreign government or entity aimed at influencing policy makers here at home.
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To Sir Thomas Williams Person of the Parish ... of Saint Andrew at Baynards Castle in London for his yearly pension 40 shillings ... in recompense of certain offerings, oblations, and emoluments unto the said benefice due.... Thus was recorded in "The Wardrobe Accounts of Edward the Fourth," along with every expense of the realm, the first ever known use of "emolument." By the year 1480, when that entry was made, Latin emolumentum had come to mean simply "profit" or "gain"; it had become removed from its own Latin predecessor, the verb molere, meaning "to grind." The original connection between the noun and this verb was its reference to the profit or gain from grinding another's grain. (The notion of grinding away at our jobs didn't show up in our language until the 1800s.)
legal Definition of emolument
- the President shall, at stated times, receive for his services, a compensation…and he shall not receive within that period any other emolument
- —U.S. Constitution art. II
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