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English definition of “actual damages”

actual damages

noun [plural]     (also compensatory damages) LAW
the amount of money that a court orders to be paid to someone in return for something that has been lost or damaged: The jury originally awarded actual damages of $2.5 million in the case and $22.5 million in punitive damages.
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(Definition of actual damages noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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