Make One Whole

Definition - What does Make One Whole mean?

To make one whole means to repair any financial losses through the payment of damages. Paying damages can “make one whole” because it can sufficiently balance out any financial losses that may have occurred due to the actions of the defendant. Often, a judge or jury will order the defendant to make the plaintiff whole through damages if the defendant is found liable.

Justipedia explains Make One Whole

Losses caused by another person can be extremely expensive. For example, if a person accidentally crashes their car into the neighbor's car while it is parked in the driveway, this loss could be tens of thousands of dollars. In order to make the neighbor whole, the person would have to pay their neighbor the exact amount that the of money that the losses amounted to. Most drivers on the road carry auto insurance in order to cover losses of this kind.

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