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    A pecuniary compensation or indemnity, which may be recovered in the courts by apy person who has suffered loss, detriment, or injury, whether to his person, property, or rights, through the unlawful act or omission or negligence of another. Scott v. Donald, 165 U. S. 58, 17 Sup. Ct 265, More...
    In old English law. Causing damage or loss, as distinguished from torcenouse, wrongful. Britt. c. 61.
  • DAME
    In English law. The legal designation of the wife of a knight or baronet.
    Damages, both inclusive and exclusive of costs.
    In old English law. Condemned ; prohibited by law; unlawful. Dam-natus coitus, an unlawful connection.
    An action given by the civil law for the damage done by one who intentionally injured the slave or beast of another. Calvin.
    That which causes damage or loss.
    To cause damage or injurious loss to a person or put him in a position where he must sustain it. A surety is "damnified" when a judgment has been obtained against him. McLean v. Bank. 16 Fed. Cas. 278.
    In the civil law. A losing inheritance; an inheritance that was a charge, instead of a benefit. Dig. 50, 16, 119. The term has also been applied to that species of property of a bankrupt which, so far from being valuable, would be a charge to the creditors; for example, More...
    Lat. In the civil law. Damage; the loss or diminution of -what Is a man's own, either by fraud, carelessness, or accident In pleading and old English law. Damage; loss. -Damnum fatale. Fatal damage; damage from fate; loss happening from a cause beyond human control, {quod ex fato contingit,) or More...
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