punitive damages

plural noun
|Updated on: 20 Jun 2018

Definition of punitive damages

: damages awarded in excess of compensation to the plaintiff to punish a defendant for a serious wrong

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First Known Use of punitive damages

1858

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punitive damages

legal Definition of punitive damages

see damage 2

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