Damnum Sine Injuria Law & Legal Definition


Latin term literally meaning condemnation without injury. Simply translated, the term would mean “injury with no damages.” Damnum sine injuria refers to a legal situation in which plaintiff’s right is not respected by another but where the breach of plaintiff’s right does not cause damage, or at least not a calculable or admissible damage. A finding of damnum sine injuria can be the basis for a finding of nominal damages. Thus in cases of damnum sine injuria the injury is de minimis, i.e. too small to be remedied practically at the law. In such cases the plaintiff will have a satisfaction remedy of nominal damages - which are also called symbolic damages.