exemplary damages

Definition of "exemplary damages"
  1. Monetary penalties assigned to punish and deter specific negative behaviors, such as malicious or willful misconduct, beyond just compensating for losses
How to use "exemplary damages" in a sentence
  1. The jury awarded her exemplary damages due to the severe misconduct of the company.
  2. Exemplary damages served as a deterrent to prevent other businesses from following unethical practices.
  3. Because of their willful negligence, the company risked having to pay exemplary damages.

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