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tort

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noun \ˈtȯrt\

Simple Definition of tort

  • law : an action that wrongly causes harm to someone but that is not a crime and that is dealt with in a civil court

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of tort

  1. :  a wrongful act other than a breach of contract for which relief may be obtained in the form of damages or an injunction

Origin and Etymology of tort

Middle English, injury, from Anglo-French, from Medieval Latin tortum, from Latin, neuter of tortus twisted, from past participle of torquēre


First Known Use: 1586


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tort

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noun \ˈtȯrt\

Legal Definition of tort

  1. :  a wrongful act other than a breach of contract that injures another and for which the law imposes civil liability :  a violation of a duty (as to exercise due care) imposed by law as distinguished from contract for which damages or declaratory relief (as an injunction) may be obtained; also :  a cause of action based on such an act <the court declined to recognize the tortNational Law Journal> <cannot sue in tort> — compare crime, delict



Origin and Etymology of tort

Anglo-French, wrongful or illegal act, from Old French, injury, from Medieval Latin tortum, from Latin, neuter of tortus twisted, from past participle of torquēre to twist



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