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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘COA affirmed the summary judgment but held that the trial court erroneously denied Cattlemen's motion for directed verdict on the quantum meruit claim.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’


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


quantum meruit

/ˌkwɒntəm ˈmɛrʊɪt/