Vindictive damages
Vindictive Vin*dic"tive, a. [For vindicative, confused with L. vindicta revenge, punishment, fr. vindicare to vindicate. Cf. {Vindicative}.] 1. Disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge; revengeful. [1913 Webster]

I am vindictive enough to repel force by force. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. Punitive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

{Vindictive damages}. (Law) See under {Damage}, n. [1913 Webster] -- {Vin*dic"tive*ly}, adv. -- {Vin*dic"tive*ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • vindictive damages — Also known as exemplary damages, retributory damages or vindictive damages. Damages awarded in excess of the claimant s loss. They are intended to punish the defendant and are more closely connected to criminal law than tort or contract. Punitive …   Law dictionary

  • vindictive damages — Damage Dam age (d[a^]m [asl]j; 48), n. [OF. damage, domage, F. dommage, fr. assumed LL. damnaticum, from L. damnum damage. See {Damn}.] 1. Injury or harm to person, property, or reputation; an inflicted loss of value; detriment; hurt; mischief.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • vindictive damages — /vindiktav daemajaz/ See damages exemplary or punitive damages (exemplary damages; punitive damages) …   Black's law dictionary

  • vindictive damages — Same as exemplary damages. 22 Am J2d Damg § 236 …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • vindictive damages — noun plural : punitive damages …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vindictive — Vin*dic tive, a. [For vindicative, confused with L. vindicta revenge, punishment, fr. vindicare to vindicate. Cf. {Vindicative}.] 1. Disposed to revenge; prompted or characterized by revenge; revengeful. [1913 Webster] I am vindictive enough to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • damages — A pecuniary compensation or indemnity, which may be recovered in the courts by any person who has suffered loss, detriment, or injury, whether to his person, property, or rights, through the unlawful act or omission or negligence of another. A… …   Black's law dictionary

  • damages — A pecuniary compensation or indemnity, which may be recovered in the courts by any person who has suffered loss, detriment, or injury, whether to his person, property, or rights, through the unlawful act or omission or negligence of another. A… …   Black's law dictionary

  • vindictive — adj. 1 tending to seek revenge. 2 spiteful. Phrases and idioms: vindictive damages Law damages exceeding simple compensation and awarded to punish the defendant. Derivatives: vindictively adv. vindictiveness n. Etymology: L vindicta vengeance (as …   Useful english dictionary

  • Exemplary damages — Damage Dam age (d[a^]m [asl]j; 48), n. [OF. damage, domage, F. dommage, fr. assumed LL. damnaticum, from L. damnum damage. See {Damn}.] 1. Injury or harm to person, property, or reputation; an inflicted loss of value; detriment; hurt; mischief.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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