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: a payment (as of money or property) made to one in a position to open up or control a source of income for the payor [convicted of receiving s for referrals] compare bribe, payoff NOTE: A kickback is specifically a payment for income received or to be received. The word is usually not restricted to a return of funds.
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.