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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

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 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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