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actual damagesnoun [plural]

uk   us   (also compensatory damages) LAW
the ​amount of ​money that a ​courtorders to be ​paid to someone in ​return for something that has been ​lost or ​damaged: The ​jury originally ​awardedactualdamages of $2.5 million in the ​case and $22.5 million in ​punitivedamages.
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