re coup

recoup

[ri-koop]
verb (used with object)
1.
to get back the equivalent of: to recoup one's losses by a lucky investment.
2.
to regain or recover.
3.
to reimburse or indemnify; pay back: to recoup a person for expenses.
4.
Law. to withhold (a portion of something due), having some rightful claim to do so.
verb (used without object)
5.
to get back an equivalent, as of something lost.
6.
Law. to plead in defense a claim arising out of the same subject matter as the plaintiff's claim.
noun
7.
an act of recouping.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English < Middle French recouper to cut back, cut again, equivalent to re- re- + couper to cut; see coup1

recoupable, adjective
recoupment, noun
nonrecoupable, adjective
unrecoupable, adjective


1. recover, restore, retrieve, balance. 3. recompense, remunerate.
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recoup (rɪˈkuːp)
 
vb
1.  to regain or make good (a financial or other loss)
2.  (tr) to reimburse or compensate (someone), as for a loss
3.  law to keep back (something due), having rightful claim to do so; withhold; deduct
 
[C15: from Old French recouper to cut back, from re- + couper to cut, from coper to behead; see coup1]
 
re'coupable
 
adj
 
re'coupment
 
n

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recoup
1628, from Fr. recouper "to cut back" (12c.), from O.Fr. re- "back" + couper "to cut," from coup "a blow" (see coup). Originally a legal term meaning "to deduct;" sense of "recompense for loss or expense" first recorded 1664.
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