punitive damages

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:
1970–75

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Example sentences
In addition to compensatory damages the courts began to award punitive damages.
Punitive damages are awarded in addition to compensatory damages for actual
  monetary losses.
What is needed is punitive damages for patent trolling.
Punitive damages would also be available, but only if prosecutors could be
  shown to have lied in seeking to justify a detention.
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