nominal damages

Definition of "nominal damages"
  1. A small monetary award given to a plaintiff when a legal wrong is found but no substantial harm is proved
How to use "nominal damages" in a sentence
  1. Even though the harm was minimal, the court awarded nominal damages to acknowledge the legal violation.
  2. He sued for nominal damages to establish a precedent, not for financial gain.
  3. Despite proving legal wrong, the lack of substantial harm led to only nominal damages awarded.

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