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Damnum sine injuria

“Damnum sine injuria” is a legal term in Latin, which can be translated as “harm without legal injury” in English. This term refers to a situation where a person may suffer some harm or loss, but that harm or loss does not give rise to a legal claim for compensation because it does not result from a wrongful act or legal injury.

In legal terms, not all harm or loss suffered by an individual will lead to a valid legal claim. For a legal claim to succeed, there generally needs to be a showing of both “damnum” (actual harm or loss) and “injuria” (a legal injury or wrongful act). If there is only harm without legal injury (damnum sine injuria), then there may be no legal remedy available to the person who suffered the harm.

This concept is particularly important in tort law, where the courts assess whether a plaintiff has a valid claim for damages. Sometimes, even if there is harm, the law may not recognize it as a legally actionable injury if there was no wrongful act or violation of a legal right by the defendant.

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