tort /'tȯrt/ n [Anglo-French, wrongful or illegal act, from Old French, injury, from Medieval Latin tortum, from Latin, neuter of tortus twisted, from past participle of torquēre to twist]: a wrongful act other than a breach of contract that injures another and for which the law imposes civil liability: a violation of a duty (as to exercise due care) imposed by law as distinguished from contract for which damages or declaratory relief (as an injunction) may be obtained; also: a cause of action based on such an act
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cannot sue in tort compare crime, delict

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun breach of legal duty, civil wrong, dereliction of duty, error, fault, invasion of a legal right, legal wrong, malfeasance, misdeed, misdoing, misfeasance, negligent act, personal wrong, private wrong, transgression, violation of a legal duty, wrong, wrongdoing, wrongful act associated concepts: action founded in tort, comparative negligence, continuing tort, contributory negligence foreseeable consequences, intentional tort, prima facie tort, proximate cause, standard of care, strict liability in tort, successive torts, tort feasor, tortious act, tortious conduct II index delict, delinquency (misconduct), misconduct

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A private injury or wrong; a violation of a socially recognized duty owed to a plaintiff that results in injury to the plaintiff; torts can be caused intentionally, through negligence, or under strict liability.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

tortious liability arises from the breach of a duty fixed by law; this duty is towards persons generally and its breach is redressable by an action for unliquidated damages (Winfield). It is part of the English law of obligations along with contract and restitution. See also animals, liability for, conversion, duty of care, economic loss, economic torts, employers' liability, fault, negligence, nuisance, occupier's liability, product liability, strict liability, trespass, trover.

Collins dictionary of law. . 2001.

An injury to one person for which the person who caused the injury is legally responsible. A tort can be intentional — for example, an angry punch in the nose — but is far more likely to result from carelessness (called "negligence"), such as riding your bicycle on the sidewalk and colliding with a pedestrian. While the injury that forms the basis of a tort is usually physical, this is not a requirement — libel, slander, and the "intentional infliction of mental distress" are on a good-sized list of torts not based on a physical injury. A tort is a civil wrong, as opposed to a criminal wrong. Compare: crime
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

The name given to the branch of law that imposes civil liability for breach of obligations imposed by law. The most common tort is the tort of negligence which imposes an obligation not to breach the duty of care (that is, the duty to behave as a reasonable person would behave in the circumstances) which the law says is owed to those who may foreseeably be injured by any particular conduct.
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Practical Law Dictionary. Glossary of UK, US and international legal terms. . 2010.

1 A private or civil wrong for which a remedy may be sought, usually in the form of monetary damages; a breach of duty that exists under societal expectations regarding interaction among equals in a transaction, rather than arising from a specific contract.
2 The branch of the legal system or legal code that deals with such wrongs.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

A private or civil wrong or injury for which the court provides a remedy through an action for damages.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   from French for "wrong," a civil wrong or wrongful act, whether intentional or accidental, from which injury occurs to another. Torts include all negligence cases as well as intentional wrongs which result in harm. Therefore tort law is one of the major areas of law (along with contract, real property and criminal law) and results in more civil litigation than any other category. Some intentional torts may also be crimes, such as assault, battery, wrongful death, fraud, conversion (a euphemism for theft) and trespass on property and form the basis for a lawsuit for damages by the injured party. Defamation, including intentionally telling harmful untruths about another-either by print or broadcast (libel) or orally (slander)-is a tort and used to be a crime as well.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Tort — der; [e]s <aus fr. tort »Unrecht«, dies aus spätlat. tortum, substantiviertes Neutr. zu lat. tortus »gedreht, gewunden«, Part. Perf. von torquere, vgl. ↑torquieren> (veraltend) etwas Unangenehmes, Ärger, Kränkung, z. B. jmdm., sich einen… …   Das große Fremdwörterbuch

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