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punitive damages


from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n.pl. Damages awarded by a court against a defendant as a deterrent or punishment to redress an egregious wrong perpetrated by the defendant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. (law) compensation in excess of actual damages (a form of punishment awarded in cases of malicious or willful misconduct)


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