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

n the act of paying for goods or services or to recompense for losses

“adequate remuneration for his work”
Type of:
defrayal, defrayment, payment
the act of paying money

n something that remunerates

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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