Definition of nominal damages in English:

nominal damages

plural noun

  • A small sum of money awarded as damages to someone who has suffered a legal wrong but no actual financial loss.

    ‘the judge awarded only nominal damages for the two breaches of duty’
    • ‘He instructed them to award only nominal damages.’
    • ‘The jury awarded the nominal damages of $1.’
    • ‘At that stage, the plaintiff was entitled to at least nominal damages for breach of the contract.’
    • ‘He received only nominal damages.’
    • ‘I find that the plaintiff is entitled to nominal damages to show a recognition by the court that his rights were violated.’