Meaning of “civil damages” in the English Dictionary

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"civil damages" in Business English

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civil damagesnoun [ plural ]

uk us LAW

amounts of money that a court orders someone to pay to another person for causing damage to their health, business, or property:

seek/claim/sue for civil damages Clients may seek civil damages if full-service brokers allow them to make unsuitable or inappropriate trades.
He was awarded $100,000 in civil damages.

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