special damage

noun

Definition of special damage 

1 : damage for which a defendant is responsible but which must be pleaded and proved by plaintiff to be recoverable

2 : 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

3 : 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

4 : 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

5 : consequential damage

6 special damages plural : compensatory damages awarded for a particular harm or pecuniary loss for which special proof must be made

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