- 1: Recompense or retribution for wrongdoing; punishment, requital; (also) a fair return for such action
- 2: Remuneration for (regular or extra) work done; pay, wages; (also) a payment made in remuneration for work done; a fee, a bonus. Rare.
- 3: A sum of money offered for information leading to the solving of a crime, the detection or capture of a criminal, recovery of lost or stolen property, etc
- 4: Psychol. A recompense given after a particular response which reinforces learning or behavior; the giving of such a recompense, as a method of behavioral control.
- 5: An incentive, such as a free or discounted product or service, offered to a customer in return for repeated patronage of a business.
A bounty (from Latin bonitās, goodness) is a payment or reward often offered by a group as an incentive for the accomplishment of a task by someone usually not associated with the group. Bounties are most commonly issued for the capture or retrieval of a person or object. They are typically in the form of money. By definition bounties can be retracted at any time by whomever issued them. Two modern examples of bounties are the bounty placed for the capture of Saddam Hussein and his sons by the United States and Microsoft's bounty for computer virus creators. Those who make a living by pursuing bounties are known as bounty hunters.