compensatory damages

noun Law.
damages, measured by the harm suffered, awarded to the injured person as due compensation.
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Example sentences
The plaintiff is to be made whole through compensatory damages only.
The lawsuit seeks, among other things, back wages and an unspecified amount of
  compensatory damages.
It is not known what they are seeking in terms of compensatory damages.
People could collect compensatory damages for expenses, lost wages, pain and
  suffering.
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