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Portion of a contract's final payment withheld by a principal (client or owner) until the project is complete in all respects, functioning satisfactorily according to the contract terms, and all mechanic's liens have either been released or have expired.

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I was glad we had a retainage policy, so we could wait until everything was finished before paying the people.
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You should always keep a retainage so that you know the other party still has something to motivate him to do well.
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For a project as large as constructing a lifelike robot overlord statue for the town hall rotunda, a 20% retainage doesn't seem very extraordinary at all.
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