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unjust enrichment n
1 : the retaining of a benefit (as money) conferred by another when principles of equity and justice call for restitution to the other party
: the retaining of property acquired esp. by fraud from another in circumstances that demand the judicial imposition of a constructive trust on behalf of those who in equity ought to receive it see also quasi contract 1 at contract
2 : a doctrine that requires an equitable remedy on behalf of one who has been injured by the unjust enrichment of another
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.