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1. Destruction or a loss in value, usefulness, or ability resulting from an action or event.
2. damages Law Money required to be paid as compensation for an injury or wrong.
3. Informal Cost; price: What's the damage for the tickets to the show?
v. dam·aged, dam·ag·ing, dam·ag·es
To cause damage to.
To suffer or be susceptible to damage.

[Middle English, from Old French : dam, loss (from Latin damnum) + -age, -age.]

dam′age·a·bil′i·ty n.
dam′age·a·ble adj.
dam′ag·ing·ly adv.


pl n
(Law) law money to be paid as compensation to a person for injury, loss, etc
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.damages - a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injurydamages - a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
compensation - something (such as money) given or received as payment or reparation (as for a service or loss or injury)
relief - (law) redress awarded by a court; "was the relief supposed to be protection from future harm or compensation for past injury?"
actual damages, compensatory damages, general damages - (law) compensation for losses that can readily be proven to have occurred and for which the injured party has the right to be compensated
nominal damages - (law) a trivial sum (usually $1.00) awarded as recognition that a legal injury was sustained (as for technical violations of a contract)
exemplary damages, punitive damages, smart money - (law) compensation in excess of actual damages (a form of punishment awarded in cases of malicious or willful misconduct)
atonement, expiation, satisfaction - compensation for a wrong; "we were unable to get satisfaction from the local store"


n., pl. daños y perjuicios.
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Answers will vary Students should look for obvious damages such as buckled walls, loose foundation, or blown-away roof They should also look for less obvious damages, such as small openings in the walls or root that could allow water and wind to enter the house.
So, with most of the claims at least started and a growing consensus about how some of the more obvious damages may be compensated, where does that put us?
What is even more serious, if the Commission's thought process was applied more generally to the economy, we should face a widespread imposition of price control with all the obvious damages that brings to enterprise and competitiveness.