tor·​tious | \ ˈtȯr-shəs How to pronounce tortious (audio) \

Definition of tortious

: implying or involving tort tortious acts

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Other Words from tortious

tortiously adverb

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The team could have also asserted that Colangelo engaged in tortious inference with contract relations through the confidential disclosures to Bottini. Michael Mccann,, "Could Bryan Colangelo Still Face Legal Consequences After Parting Ways With 76ers?," 7 June 2018 The university could also insist that, as a substantive matter, there was no defamation, false light or tortious interference. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 Ollie’s attorneys might also explore the possibility of a tortious interference with contract claim. Michael Mccann,, "Breaking Down Kevin Ollie's Case Against UConn and the University's Likely Defenses," 29 June 2018 His 10-count complaint, filed Jan. 16, alleges intentional trespass, tortious interference, civil conspiracy and willful violation of the Illinois Freedom of Information Act. Zak Koeske, Daily Southtown, "Blighted property allegedly seized by Harvey had been part of FBI probe of mayoral consultant, records show," 4 May 2018 Filed in Nebraska federal court, the suit alleges intentional infliction of emotional distress, invasion of privacy, tortious interference with a business relationship or expectancy, and civil conspiracy. Michael Mcknight,, "Inside the Dark World of Trolling," 29 Mar. 2018 Steven Ungerleider filed the suit in federal court in Boston on Friday, claiming defamation and tortious interference. Danny Mcdonald,, "Sports psychologist sues former Mass. Olympian for defamation in sex abuse suit," 17 Mar. 2018 The plaintiffs are also claiming breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing, promissory estoppel, tortious interference and declaratory judgment against Briggs and McLaughlin. Colin Stutz, Billboard, "Bishop Briggs' Former Manager & Producers File Lawsuit Claiming Breach of Contract," 13 Mar. 2018 Smiley is suing for breach of contract and tortious interference with business expectancy, and is seeking compensatory and punitive damages. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, "Tavis Smiley Sues PBS for Dropping Him Amid Sexual Harassment Claims," 20 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of tortious

1544, in the meaning defined above

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tor·​tious | \ ˈtȯr-shəs How to pronounce tortious (audio) \

Legal Definition of tortious

: constituting a tort : recognized as a tort a tortious act tortious interference with contract

Other Words from tortious

tortiously adverb

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