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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.
Also called exemplary damages.
Origin of punitive damages
1970-75 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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exemplary damages

plural noun
(law) damages awarded to a plaintiff above the value of actual loss sustained so that they serve also as a punishment to the defendant and a deterrent to others
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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