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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
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.
What is the extent of the emoluments received not just by his underlings but by the president himself and his family?
The Washington hotel is at the center of multiple lawsuits alleging President Trump is violating the emoluments clause, which prohibits U.S. officials from accepting gifts or titles from foreign states without congressional approval.
The group sued the president for violating the Constitution’s emoluments clause by refusing to divest from his business, but the case was dismissed in December.
The department in court papers has argued that constitutional restrictions on emoluments weren’t intended to reach benefits arising from the president’s private business pursuits having nothing to do with his office.
The other forbids the president from receiving emoluments from individual states.
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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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