noun[usually as modifier] Law
A reasonable sum of money to be paid for services rendered or work done when the amount due is not stipulated in a legally enforceable contract.
- At the same time, the trial court held that the firm could recover in quantum meruit the reasonable value of the legal services it had provided, calculated on an hourly basis
- COA affirmed the summary judgment but held that the trial court erroneously denied Cattlemen's motion for directed verdict on the quantum meruit claim.
- Although the trial court had rejected Pacific Coast's contract claim, it agreed with Pacific Coast that Pacific Coast was entitled, under a quantum meruit theory, to the same damages that it had asserted were recoverable under the contract.
Latin, literally 'as much as he has deserved'.
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Syllabification: quan·tum me·ru·it
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