from The American Heritage® 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
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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