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noun ad·di·tur \ˈa-di-tər, ˈä-di-ˌtu̇r\

Legal Definition of additur

  1. :  the increase by a court of the jury's award of damages which the court deems insufficient — compare remittitur

Additional Notes on additur

The Supreme Court held in Dimick v. Schiedt, 293 U.S. 474 (1935) that additur violates the Seventh Amendment and so is not permissible in federal courts. Many state courts allow additur, however, when the defendant agrees to the increased award on the condition that the court deny plaintiff's motion for a new trial.

Origin and Etymology of additur

Latin, it is increased

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capable of being understood in two ways

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