The definition of a tort is a wrongdoing where a person causes damage or injury and can be sued for their action.(noun)
An example of a tort is when a caretaker leaves an elderly patient alone in the kitchen and the patient severly cuts her hand.
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Origin: OFr < ML tortum < neut. of L tortus, pp. of torquere, to twist < IE *terk-, to turn < base *ter-, to rub > throw
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Origin: Middle English, injury
Origin: , from Old French
Origin: , from Medieval Latin tortum
Origin: , from Latin
Origin: , neuter past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.
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