punitive damages


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punitive damages

pl.n.
Damages, in addition to compensatory damages, required to be paid by a defendant as punishment for particularly egregious conduct and as a deterrent to others.

pu′nitive dam′ages


n.pl.
damages awarded a plaintiff in addition to compensatory damages in order to punish the defendant for a reckless or willful act.
[1970–75]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.punitive damages - (law) compensation in excess of actual damages (a form of punishment awarded in cases of malicious or willful misconduct)
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
amends, damages, indemnification, redress, restitution, indemnity - a sum of money paid in compensation for loss or injury
double damages - twice the amount that a court would normally find the injured party entitled to
treble damages - three times the amount that a court would normally find the injured party entitled to
Translations

punitive damages

pl (Jur) → Schadensersatz m
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