4. A premium offered or given to induce men to enlist into the public service; or to encourage any branch of industry, as husbandry or manufactures. Bounty jumper, one who, during the latter part of the Civil war, enlisted in the united states service, and deserted as soon as possible after receiving the bounty. Queen Anne's bounty, a provision made in queen Anne's reign for augmenting poor clerical livings.
Synonym: Munificence, generosity, beneficence.