An example of a tort is a caretaker being sued for leaving an elderly patient alone in the kitchen who then severely cut her hand.
Origin of tortOld French from Medieval Latin tortum from neuter of Classical Latin tortus, past participle of torquere, to twist from Indo-European an unverified form terk-, to turn from base an unverified form ter-, to rub from source throw
Origin of tortMiddle English injury from Old French from Medieval Latin tortum from Latin neuter past participle of torquēre to twist ; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
Dialectal variation of tart.
From Old French tort, from Latin tortum, from tortus (“twisted").
(comparative torter, superlative tortest)
- (obsolete) Stretched tight; taut.
- To make something change its shape.
tort - Legal Definition
- 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.
- The branch of the legal system or legal code that deals with such wrongs.