compensatory damages
compensatory damages n: actual damages at damage 2

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

compensatory damages
Money damages recovered as compensation for economic loss, such as lost wages.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

compensatory damages
Also known as substantial damages. Damages awarded in respect of the actual losses suffered by the claimant (that is, their purpose is to compensate the claimant). If the actual losses are small, then the compensatory damages will also be small. "Loss" means any harm to the person or property of the claimant and any amount by which the claimant's wealth is diminished as a consequence of the breach.
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USA
compensatory damages, Also known as actual damages.
The amount of money awarded to a party in a civil action to compensate for an injury or loss caused by another party's unlawful conduct. The purpose of compensatory damages is to make the claimant "whole," not to punish the wrongdoer.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.


compensatory damages
A sum of money awarded in a civil action by a court to indemnify a person for the particular loss, detriment, or injury suffered as a result of the unlawful conduct of another.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


compensatory damages
A sum of money awarded in a civil action by a court to indemnify a person for the particular loss, detriment, or injury suffered as a result of the unlawful conduct of another.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

compensatory damages
n.
   damages recovered in payment for actual injury or economic loss, which does not include punitive damages (as added damages due to malicious or grossly negligent action).

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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