When you politely refuse your neighbor’s offer of remuneration for your efforts with the lawn, you may have made a mistake. Remuneration refers to payment for a service, so the neighbor was basically offering you cash.

If it makes you uncomfortable to talk about your wages, you can use the word remuneration instead — the word has a remote sound to it that makes it seem like you aren’t talking about money even though you are. It’s a formal way to refer to payment for work or other services. You might see this word in contracts, policies, and other official documents that refer to payments.

Definitions of remuneration
  1. noun
    the act of paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses
    “adequate remuneration for his work”
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    type of:
    defrayal, defrayment, payment
    the act of paying money
  2. noun
    something that remunerates
    synonyms: earnings, pay, salary, wage
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    combat pay
    extra pay for soldiers engaged in active combat
    double time
    a doubled wage (for working overtime)
    food and lodging provided in addition to money
    reduced wage paid to someone who is not working full time
    living wage
    a wage sufficient for a worker and family to subsist comfortably
    merit pay
    extra pay awarded to an employee on the basis of merit (especially to school teachers)
    minimum wage
    the lowest wage that an employer is allowed to pay; determined by contract or by law
    pay envelope, pay packet
    wages enclosed in an envelope for distribution to the wage earner
    sick pay
    wages paid to an employee who is on sick leave
    strike pay
    money paid to strikers from union funds
    take-home pay
    what is left of your pay after deductions for taxes and dues and insurance etc
    type of:
    regular payment
    a payment made at regular times
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