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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 of nominal damages
1790-1800 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the web for nominal damages
  • 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.
  • The law implies nominal damages when an individual's rights are violated.

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