nominal-damages

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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