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wrongful death

Syllabification: wrong·ful death

Definition of wrongful death in English:

adjective

Denoting a civil action in which damages are sought against a party for causing a death, typically when criminal action has failed or is not attempted: a wrongful death lawsuit
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  • The Mississippi court became just the fifth state supreme court after New Mexico, New Hampshire, Connecticut, and Hawaii to affirm the recovery of hedonic damages in wrongful death cases.
  • Among the many laws amended by the Civil Union law was the wrongful death statute.
  • The limitation of wrongful death damages to economic loss has one main consequence: High earners' families tend to get more.

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