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punitive damages

plural noun, Law.
1.
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.
Origin of punitive damages
1970-1975
First recorded in 1970-75
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