noun \ˈtrt\

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

Full Definition of TORT

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

Origin 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

Other Legal Terms

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noun    (Concise Encyclopedia)

Wrongful act, other than a breach of contract, that injures another and for which the law permits a civil (noncriminal) action to be brought. Relief may be obtained in the form of damages or an injunction. The term derives from Latin tortum, meaning “something twisted, wrung, or crooked.” Assault, defamation, malpractice, negligence, nuisance, product liability, property damage, and trespass are all (apart from their potentially criminal and contractual aspects) torts.


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