delict

noun
de·​lict | \ di-ˈlikt How to pronounce delict (audio) , dē- \

Definition of delict

: an offense against the law

First Known Use of delict

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for delict

Latin delictum fault, from neuter of delictus, past participle of delinquere

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“Delict.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/delict. Accessed 18 Sep. 2020.

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delict

noun
de·​lict | \ di-ˈlikt How to pronounce delict (audio) \

Legal Definition of delict

1 in the civil law of Louisiana : offense sense 2 especially : an offense other than breach of contract that creates an obligation for damages

Note: Delict is the civil law equivalent of the common-law tort.

2 : a criminal offense

Other Words from delict

delictual \ di-​ˈlik-​chə-​wəl \ adjective

History and Etymology for delict

Latin delictum misdeed, offense, from neuter past participle of delinquere to commit (an offense), err

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