compensatory damages


: money awarded to a victim to make up for an injury, damage, etc.
The patient sued for compensatory damages.

Examples of compensatory damages in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The verdict included $1.26 million in compensatory damages and $2.5 million in punitive damages. Antonio Planas, NBC News, 5 Mar. 2024 Jabbari is seeking compensatory damages and punitive damages in an amount that is to be determined at trial. Cheyenne Roundtree, Rolling Stone, 19 Mar. 2024 The jury returned a verdict of $65 million in punitive damages and $18.3 million more in compensatory damages. Aysha Bagchi, USA TODAY, 13 Mar. 2024 In 2021 Boeing admitted to liability in the two crashes, agreeing to pay compensatory damages, which allowed the company to avoid the possibility of having to pay far more in punitive damages. Chris Isidore, CNN, 10 Mar. 2024 The jury ruled in January that Trump had to pay $18.3 million in compensatory damages and $65 million in punitive damages, which are meant to dissuade Trump from further defaming Carroll. Alison Durkee, Forbes, 1 Mar. 2024 The damages include $65 million in punitive damages and $18.3 million in compensatory damages. Ana Faguy, Forbes, 25 Feb. 2024 Cheeks is seeking $340 million in compensatory damages, any other relief the court deems appropriate, plus other damages, costs and attorney fees. Caitlin O'Kane, CBS News, 20 Feb. 2024 The compensatory damages amount of $75,000 will also go towards reasonable and necessary medical care and treatment for the Feffermans' daughter. Angel Saunders, Peoplemag, 15 Feb. 2024

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“Compensatory damages.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition

compensatory damages

: actual damages at damage 2
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