re·​mu·​ner·​a·​tion ri-ˌmyü-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce remuneration (audio)
: something that remunerates : recompense, pay
: an act or fact of remunerating

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Our evidence shows remuneration to be most at home in writing that concerns financial matters, especially when large amounts of money—or other forms of compensation—are involved. Whether it's because money is often expressed in numerals, or simply because the "n" and "m" are adjacent to each other on our keyboards, "reMUNeration" often appears misspelled as "reNUMeration." (Renumeration, a very rare word, means "the act of enumerating [counting or listing] again.") It pays to know that the -mun- in remuneration is from Latin munus, meaning "gift," a root it shares with munificent, an adjective which means "very liberal in giving."

Example Sentences

She was given generous remunerations for her work. customers who are tardy in their remuneration will be subject to extra charges
Recent Examples on the Web Should Sacramento pull off a fourth consecutive upset, there will be glory, but not much remuneration. Victor Mather, New York Times, 6 Sep. 2022 But when flying from other international locations and within the U.S., you’re better served by focusing on rescheduling, not remuneration. Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, 4 Nov. 2014 And there’s also a very difficult discussion that needs to happen around [artist] remuneration. Mark Sutherland, Variety, 30 Sep. 2022 Henkel, for example, includes ESG targets in the remuneration of the management board. Forbes, 27 May 2021 In an interview for the BBC 100 Women list for 2022, the global star said her remuneration matched her male co-star’s for the first time ever now, for US spy series Citadel, directed by brother duo Anthony and Joe Russo of Marvel fame. Ananya Bhattacharya, Quartz, 8 Dec. 2022 Elon Musk will this week defend his $52 billion Tesla pay package in court after a shareholder alleged Tesla’s board was insufficiently transparent when deciding the remuneration. Alan Murray, Fortune, 14 Nov. 2022 Then followed a high-profile battle with France’s publishing and rights society, SACEM, over both restrictive practices for modern artists and historical aberrations for post-World War II remuneration to Jewish musicians. Gabriel Szatan, Billboard, 22 Nov. 2022 The fact of Chippendales providing liberation and joy to women, as opposed to remuneration for one man, seems at times lost. Daniel D'addario, Variety, 17 Nov. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of remuneration was in the 15th century


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“Remuneration.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition


re·​mu·​ner·​a·​tion ri-ˌmyü-nə-ˈrā-shən How to pronounce remuneration (audio)
: something that pays back an equivalent
: an act or fact of paying back an equivalent

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