Definition of Bounty

1. Noun. Payment or reward (especially from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military.

Exact synonyms: Premium
Category relationships: Administration, Governance, Governing, Government, Government Activity
Generic synonyms: Reward

2. Noun. The property of copious abundance.
Exact synonyms: Amplitude, Bountifulness
Generic synonyms: Abundance, Copiousness, Teemingness
Derivative terms: Bountiful, Bountiful

3. Noun. Generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely.
Exact synonyms: Bounteousness
Generic synonyms: Generosity, Generousness
Derivative terms: Bounteous, Bounteous

4. Noun. A ship of the British navy; in 1789 part of the crew mutinied against their commander William Bligh and set him afloat in an open boat.
Exact synonyms: H.m.s. Bounty
Generic synonyms: Ship

Definition of Bounty

1. n. Goodness, kindness; virtue; worth.

Definition of Bounty

1. Noun. generosity ¹

2. Noun. something given liberally ¹

3. Noun. A reward for some specific act, especially one given by a government or authority ¹

4. Noun. (nautical) formerly, money paid to volunteers for serving in the British navy in time of war ¹

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Definition of Bounty

1. a reward [n -TIES] : BOUNTIED [adj]

Medical Definition of Bounty

1. Origin: OE. Bounte goodness, kindness, F. Bonte, fr. L. Bonitas, fr. Bonus good, for older duonus; cf. Skr. Duvas honor, respect. 1. Goodness, kindness; virtue; worth. "Nature set in her at once beauty with bounty." (Gower) 2. Liberality in bestowing gifts or favors; gracious or liberal giving; generosity; munificence. "My bounty is as boundless as the sea." (Shak) 3. That which is given generously or liberally. "Thy morning bounties." 4. A premium offered or given to induce men to enlist into the public service; or to encourage any branch of industry, as husbandry or manufactures. Bounty jumper, one who, during the latter part of the Civil War, enlisted in the United States service, and deserted as soon as possible after receiving the bounty. Queen Anne's bounty, a provision made in Queen Anne's reign for augmenting poor clerical livings. Synonym: Munificence, generosity, beneficence. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bounty

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Literary usage of Bounty

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1882)
"The law was intended to confer a bounty on a numerous class of individuals; and in construing the ambiguous words of the section, il is the duty of the ..."

2. History of the United States from the Compromise of 1850 by James Ford Rhodes (1899)
"the crime of bounty-jumping. Thieves, pickpockets, and vagabonds would enlist, take whatever bounty was paid in cash, desert when opportunity offered, ..."

3. An Inquiry Into the Nature and Causes of the Wealth of Nations by Adam Smith, Joseph Shield Nicholson (1884)
"In the year 1759, when the bounty was at fifty shillings the ton, ... Thirdly, The mode of fishing, for which this tonnage bounty in the white herring ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"11 (Queen Anne's bounty, 1703), whereby all the revenue of first-fruits and ... This is usually called Queen Anne's bounty; which has been still further ..."

5. Principles of Political Economy and Taxation by David Ricardo (1903)
"But if a bounty of 10ยป. per quarter were given on exportation, ... A bounty then, which should lower the price of British corn in the foreign country, ..."

6. Index of Economic Material in Documents of the States of the United States by Adelaide Rosalia Hasse (1907)
"Amts, claimed for wheat and Indian corn bounty. (AR treasurer 1842: 12.) 1838. Rept. of committee apptd. to examine accts. of municipal treasurers for ..."

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