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AD DAMNUM CLAUSE

ad damnum clause (ad dam-n<<schwa>>m). [Latin “to the damage”] A clause in a prayer for

relief stating the amount of damages claimed. See PRAYER FOR RELIEF . [Cases: Federal Civil

Procedure    679; Pleading    72.C.J.S. Pleading §§ 110–115.]

“Where the amount the plaintiff is entitled to recover appears from the statement of facts —

as  where the  amount  due  the  plaintiff  is alleged  on  breach of  a  money  demand,  the  demand  of

judgment may take the  place  of an ad  damnum  clause.” Edwin E. Bryant, The  Law of Pleading

Under the Codes of Civil Procedure 209 (2d ed. 1899). [Blacks Law 8th]