the redress or assistance awarded to a complainant, by the court, especially a court of equity, including such remedies as specific performance, injunction, rescission of a contract, etc.
Carlos ordered 200 items at a set price from a company that happens to be the only manufacturer of the item. Although his order has been produced, the company refuses to deliver unless Carlos pays a price increase. Carlos seeks relief from a court, which in this instance should be to order delivery since the item cannot be purchased elsewhere.
The term generally does not comprehend an award of money damages. Thus the term AFFIRMATIVE RELIEF is often used to indicate that the gist of relief is protection from furture harm rather than compensation for past injury.
Source: Barron's Dictionary of Legal Terms, Steven H. Gifis, 5th Edition; © 2016