punitive damages

Definition of "punitive damages"
  1. Monetary compensation awarded in a lawsuit to penalize the defendant for extreme wrongdoing, instead of merely reimbursing the victim's losses
How to use "punitive damages" in a sentence
  1. Due to the company's negligence and misconduct, they were required to pay punitive damages.
  2. The jury awarded punitive damages in the case as they found the defendant's actions outrageous.
  3. Punitive damages were considered due to the grossly irresponsible behavior of the offending party.

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