Quantum-meruit definitions

Equitable formula for determining how much to award to one who has provided goods or services to another who has not paid, based on the reasonable value of the goods or services; the equitable principle that one who has received the benefit of a bargain should not be permitted to be unjustly enriched.
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(law) An inference that the defendant has promised to pay the plaintiff for the plaintiff's work or labor as much as he should deserve.
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Origin of quantum-meruit

Latin "as much as is deserved"