Meaning of “actual damages” in the English Dictionary

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"actual damages" in Business English

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actual damagesnoun [ plural ]

uk us 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.

(Definition of “actual damages” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)