punitive damages
noun plural Date: 1865 damages awarded in excess of compensation to the plaintiff to punish a defendant for a serious wrong

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  • Punitive damages — (termed exemplary damages in the United Kingdom) are damages not awarded in order to compensate the plaintiff, but in order to reform or deter the defendant and similar persons from pursuing a course of action such as that which damaged the… …   Wikipedia

  • punitive damages — see damage 2 Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. punitive damages …   Law dictionary

  • punitive damages — ➔ damage1 * * * punitive damages UK US noun [plural] also US punitives) LAW ► an amount of money that someone who commits a crime has to pay, that is intended to be large enough to prevent them or others from committing similar crimes in the… …   Financial and business terms

  • punitive damages — n. EXEMPLARY DAMAGES …   English World dictionary

  • Punitive damages — Im anglo amerikanischen Recht versteht man unter punitive damages Schadensersatz, der im Zivilprozess einem Kläger über den erlittenen tatsächlichen Schaden hinaus zuerkannt wird. In Deutschland hat sich dafür der Begriff Strafschadensersatz… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Punitive Damages — Legal recompense that is levied as punishment for a wrong or offense committed by the payor. Punitive damages are awarded by a court of law in a lawsuit. They are often required in order to make up for a perceived shortfall in compensatory… …   Investment dictionary

  • punitive 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

  • punitive damages — Damages which are allowed as an enhancement of compensatory damages because of the wanton, reckless, malicious, or oppressive character of the acts of which the plaintiff complains. 22 Am J2d Damg § 236. Damages awarded to punish the defendant… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • punitive damages — noun (law) compensation in excess of actual damages (a form of punishment awarded in cases of malicious or willful misconduct) • Syn: ↑exemplary damages, ↑smart money • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑ …   Useful english dictionary

  • punitive damages — Law. damages awarded to a plaintiff in excess of compensatory damages in order to punish the defendant for a reckless or willful act. Also called exemplary damages. Cf. compensatory damages. [1970 75] * * * …   Universalium

  • punitive damages — pu′nitive dam′ages n. pl. law damages awarded a plaintiff in addition to compensatory damages in order to punish the defendant for a reckless or willful act • Etymology: 1970–75 …   From formal English to slang

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