punitive damages


plural noun Law.

damages awarded to a plaintiff in excess of compensatory damages in order to punish the defendant for a reckless or willful act.

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Also called exemplary damages.

Origin of punitive damages

First recorded in 1970–75

Words nearby punitive damages

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