tor·​tious ˈtȯr-shəs How to pronounce tortious (audio)
: implying or involving tort
tortious acts
tortiously adverb

Examples of tortious in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Irvin, 57, sued Marriott International Inc. and six other parties, including a Jane Doe, for defamation and tortious interference in a business relationship after Marriott contacted the league regarding a Feb. 5 interaction between Irvin and a female staffer at Renaissance Phoenix Downtown. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 10 Sep. 2023 The limitations of this defense may become increasingly significant as others in the entertainment world might take to advancing the same tortious interference theory against companies that fund original series and license them to affiliate networks. Winston Cho, The Hollywood Reporter, 20 Jan. 2022 In their lawsuit, VDC and its subsidiary, Celebrity Virtual Dining, LLC, assert that Donaldson and his company, Beast Investments, failed to keep contractual obligations and are suing over intentional tortious interference. Kalhan Rosenblatt, NBC News, 7 Aug. 2023 Virtual Dining Concepts and Celebrity Virtual Dining (VDC) are suing the YouTuber and his Beast Investments for failing to honor his contractual obligations, as well as intentional tortious interference. Elizabeth Wagmeister, Variety, 7 Aug. 2023 Irvin responded in his lawsuit, claiming defamation and tortious interference in a business relationship. Safid Deen, USA TODAY, 27 Apr. 2023 Instead of affording us the rights to pursue legal action against the church and Mr. Masterson for their intentional and tortious conduct in the justice system of our state and country, Judge Kleifield is forcing us back into the church’s ‘justice’ system. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 1 Nov. 2021 Irvin seeks $100 million in damages from Marriott for defamation and tortious interference in a business relationship after a woman complained about an encounter with him at the Renaissance Phoenix Downtown hotel. Michael Gehlken, Dallas News, 8 Mar. 2023 The model and former stripper originally sued Kardashian — the son of Robert Kardashian, the late O.J. Simpson defense attorney — and several members of his family in 2017, alleging tortious interference and defamation, amid allegations that the family tried to get the former couple’s E! Los Angeles Times, 20 June 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1544, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of tortious was in 1544

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“Tortious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

Legal Definition


tor·​tious ˈtȯr-shəs How to pronounce tortious (audio)
: constituting a tort : recognized as a tort
a tortious act
tortious interference with contract
tortiously adverb
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