kickback

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noun kick·back \ˈkik-ˌbak\

Definition of kickback

  1. 1 :  a return of a part of a sum received often because of confidential agreement or coercion every city contract had been let with a ten percent kickback to city officials — D. K. Shipler

  2. 2 :  a sharp violent reaction

Examples of kickback in a Sentence

  1. Several company executives were accused of accepting kickbacks.

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1920

First Known Use of kickback

1920


KICKBACK Defined for English Language Learners

kickback

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Definition of kickback for English Language Learners

  • : an amount of money that is given to someone in return for providing help in a secret and dishonest business deal


Law Dictionary

kickback

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noun kick·back \ˈkik-ˌbak\

Legal Definition of kickback

  1. :  a payment (as of money or property) made to one in a position to open up or control a source of income for the payor convicted of receiving kickbacks for referrals — compare bribe, payoff

Additional Notes on kickback

A kickback is specifically a payment for income received or to be received. The word is usually not restricted to a return of funds.



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