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Definition:

In a breach of contract action, the doctrine of specific performance requires the breaching party to perform a specific act, usually what he has agreed to perform under the terms of the contract. The court may grant specific performance when money damages would provide inadequate compensation for the breach.

Specific performance is an equitable remedy and, in practice, is rarely awarded by the court. With respect to the sale of goods, specific performance may be decreed where the goods are unique such as land, heirlooms or art.

Examples:
In a contract for the sale of land, the court may order the defendant to convey title instead of awarding money damages.

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