In civil cases, the fact that the character of any person is such as to affect the amount of damages which he ought to receive, is relevant.

Explanation – In sections 52, 53, 54 and 55 the word “character” includes both reputation and disposition; but 33[ except as provided in section 54], evidence may be given only of general reputation and general disposition, and not of particular acts by which reputation or disposition were shown.

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