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

Definition of tortious

: implying or involving tort tortious acts

Other Words from tortious

tortiously adverb

Examples of tortious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web In 2019, Larson countered by suing Dorland for defamation and tortious interference. Kate Lindsay, Vulture, 22 Dec. 2021 In January 2019, Larson sued Dorland and her lawyer, accusing them of defamation and tortious interference., 5 Oct. 2021 James, Purvis and Bentley are all being sued for negligence, defamation, invasion of privacy, tortious interference of a business, wrongful use of civil proceedings, abuse of process and civil conspiracy. Ayana Archie, The Courier-Journal, 30 July 2021 Last November, Elliott filed suit with multiple claims including trade libel, tortious interference, unfair competition and intentional infliction of emotional distress. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, 5 May 2021 Chance sued for $3 million in response, citing breach of fiduciary duty, tortious interference with prospective economic advantage, and breach of contract. Zoe Haylock, Vulture, 5 Mar. 2021 Six weeks later, Dentsu agreed to settle a concurrent lawsuit filed by Woodstock 50 in New York Supreme Court accusing Dentsu of tortious interference, defamation, business disparagement and conspiracy. Dave Brooks, Billboard, 29 Jan. 2021 The ValleyCats filed suit Thursday night in the state Supreme Court's commercial division for breach of fiduciary duty and tortious interference. Mark Singelais, Chron, 17 Jan. 2021 The complaint also asserts unjust enrichment, breach of contract, and tortious interference with contract and conversion. Ineye Komonibo,, 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of tortious

1544, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tortious was in 1544

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7 Jan 2022

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“Tortious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jan. 2022.

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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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