Definition of punitive damages in English:

Share this entry

punitive damages

plural noun

Law
Damages exceeding simple compensation and awarded to punish the defendant.
Example sentences
  • Exemplary damages or punitive damages, the terms are synonymous, stand apart from awards of compensatory damages.
  • In my view, the case at bar is one where punitive damages must be awarded because of the conduct of all Defendants.
  • The Law Commission emphasised that an award of punitive damages should be seen as a remedy of last resort.

For editors and proofreaders

Line breaks: pu¦ni|tive dam|ages

Share this entry
 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.