special damage


: damage for which a defendant is responsible but which must be pleaded and proved by plaintiff to be recoverable
: damage not ordinarily expected to be caused by defendant's wrong or breach of duty but in fact caused thereby under circumstances making defendant responsible
: damage peculiar to a plaintiff because of his particular condition or the particular circumstances in which he finds himself, but not ordinarily implied from defendant's wrong or breach of duty
: damage capable of being exactly measured in money or its equivalent as distinguished from damage which must be estimated and concerning which reasonable men might differ
: consequential damage
special damages plural : compensatory damages awarded for a particular harm or pecuniary loss for which special proof must be made

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“Special damage.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/special%20damage. Accessed 18 Jul. 2024.

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