1. (law) a trivial sum (usually $1.00) awarded as recognition that a legal injury was sustained (as for technical violations of a contract);
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Damage \Dam"age\ (d[a^]m"[asl]j; 48), n. [OF. damage, domage, F.
dommage, fr. assumed LL. damnaticum, from L. damnum damage.
1. Injury or harm to person, property, or reputation; an
inflicted loss of value; detriment; hurt; mischief.
He that sendeth a message by the hand of a fool
cutteth off the feet and drinketh damage. --Prov.
Great errors and absurdities many commit for want of
a friend to tell them of them, to the great damage
both of their fame and fortune. --Bacon.
2. pl. (Law) The estimated reparation in money for detriment
or injury sustained; a compensation, recompense, or
satisfaction to one party, for a wrong or injury actually
done to him by another.
Note: In common-law actions, the jury are the proper judges
Consequential damage. See under Consequential.
Exemplary damages (Law), damages imposed by way of example
to others. Similar in purpose to vindictive damages,
Nominal damages (Law), those given for a violation of a
right where no actual loss has accrued.
vindictive damages or punitive damages, those given
specially for the punishment of the wrongdoer.
Syn: Mischief; injury; harm; hurt; detriment; evil; ill. See
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: (law) a trivial sum (usually $1.00) awarded as recognition
that a legal injury was sustained (as for technical
violations of a contract)