from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Money paid in compensation or atonement, as for a dishonest or morally objectionable act.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. stolen or wrongfully acquired money that is voluntarily restored to the rightful possessor. Such money paid into the United States treasury by unknown debtors is called the Conscience fund.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. payment made voluntarily to reduce guilt over dishonest dealings
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