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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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punitive damages

noun
(law) compensation in excess of actual damages (a form of punishment awarded in cases of malicious or willful misconduct) 
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