Temporal Loss – a pecuniary loss which causes actual deterioration of person or property, thereby forming an independent and substantive ground of proceeding, as opposed to a spiritual grievance or injury to the feelings, which is not grounds for a proceeding

temporal loss:
(17c)

1. A specific pecuniary loss.

     Excerpt from Thomas Starkie’s A Treatise on the Law of Slander, Libel, Scandalum Magnatum, and False Rumours False Rumours (Edward D. Ingraham ed., 1st Am. ed. 1826):

     “When shall a man be said to have suffered a temporal loss from a communication concerning him?  Since the remedy sought to be recovered by a personal action in a court of law is of a pecuniary admeasurement.  The term temporal, used as descriptive of the loss upon which a suit may be supported, seems particularly opposed to spiritual grievances, which cannot be estimated in money, and for which a remedy must be found, if at all, under a constitution very differently constituted; and so, a mere injury to the feelings without actual deterioration of person or property, cannot form an independent and substantive ground of proceeding, though in other cases it may materially influence a jury in their assessment of damages.[2]

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[1]: Black’s Law Dictionary Deluxe Tenth Edition by Henry Campbell Black, Editor in Chief Bryan A. Garner. ISBN: 978-0-314-61300-4

[2]: Thomas Starkie, A Treatise on the Law of Slander, Libel, Scandalum Magnatum, and False Rumours 9 (Edward D. Ingraham ed., 1st Am. ed. 1826)

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