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Other Bounty Definition

[n] generosity evidenced by a willingness to give freely
[n] the property of copious abundance
[n] payment or reward (esp from a government) for acts such as catching criminals or killing predatory animals or enlisting in the military

Misc. Definitions

\Boun"ty\, n.; pl. {Bounties}. [OE. bounte goodness, kindness, F. bont['e], fr. L. bonitas, fr. bonus good, for older duonus; cf. Skr. duvas honor, respect.]
1. Goodness, kindness; virtue; worth. [Obs.] 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.'' --Cowper.
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. [Collog.] {Queen Anne's bounty} (Eng. Hist.), a provision made in Queen Anne's reign for augmenting poor clerical livings. Syn: Munificence; generosity; beneficence.

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