Definition of quantum meruit in English:

quantum meruit


  • mass noun, usually as modifier 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.

    ‘he was entitled to be paid on a quantum meruit basis’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘An attorney who, before being discharged, performed significant services for clients in a contingent fee relationship in a personal injury action may recover quantum meruit attorney fees from the settling attorney by a motion in the cause.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The State Public Defender petitioned for a writ of certiorari, challenging the juvenile court's authority to grant recovery on the basis of quantum meruit.’


Latin, literally ‘as much as he has deserved’.


quantum meruit

/ˌkwɒntəm ˈmɛrʊɪt/