nominal damages

noun Law.
damages of a small amount awarded to a plaintiff where substantial compensable loss has not been established but whose legal rights were violated.

Origin:
1790–1800

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nominal damages

noun
(law) a trivial sum (usually $1.00) awarded as recognition that a legal injury was sustained (as for technical violations of a contract) 
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Example sentences
The court must determine whether nominal damages are permitted.
The trial court refused to correct the verdict and denied appellant's
  alternative motion for a new trial or nominal damages.
The court also awarded the student one dollar in nominal damages.
He did not argue that the award of damages was excessive, nor did he contend
  that the district court should award nominal damages.
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