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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
The two jurisdictions accused the president of violating the emoluments clause of the Constitution, which bans the president and other federal officials from accepting gifts from foreign governments.
At issue in the underlying lawsuit are two provisions known as the emoluments clauses, which were added to the Constitution to ensure the president’s decisions are not influenced by gifts or payments from foreign governments or states.
The judge in the future may have to decide what constitutes an emolument and how the constitutional provisions apply to the president.
These provisions bar presidents from taking emoluments, or gifts, from other countries or individual U.S. states.
Ethics experts say Trump’s refusal to divest from his business ventures violates the Constitution’s emoluments clause.
The suits allege that foreign governments’ use of Trump’s hotels and other properties violates the emoluments clause.
The Constitution does offer a possible solution to a president’s conflicts of interest: the obscure emoluments clause.
The Trump era sometimes feels like a trip through obscure and rarely used mechanisms of federal power, ranging from the emoluments clause to the Twenty-Fifth Amendment.
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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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