Definition of punitive damages in English:

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punitive damages

plural noun

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.

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Syllabification: pu·ni·tive damages

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