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 .
- Compare compensatory damages.
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How to use punitive damages in a sentence
Even if they succeed, families can win only actual and not punitive damages from the federal government.VA Pays $200 Million for Nearly 1,000 Veterans’ Wrongful Deaths | Aaron Glantz | April 3, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
If she wins, she will be entitled to punitive damages as well.What to Expect in Nicollette Sheridan’s ‘Desperate Housewives’ Court Showdown | Maria Elena Fernandez | February 27, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
So what can a corporation do to protect itself against punitive-damages awards such as this?
There shall be no annexations, no contributions, no punitive damages.England, Canada and the Great War | Louis-Georges Desjardins
He was therefore entitled to punitive damages, but none were allowed him.The War With Mexico, Volume I (of 2) | Justin H. Smith
"punitive damages" are awarded to punish the perpetrator of the injury.What Works: Schools Without Drugs | United States Department of Education