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 tort
- Middle English injury from Old French from Medieval Latin tortum from Latin neuter past participle of torquēre to twist terkw- in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- From Old French tort, from Latin tortum, from tortus (“twisted").
- Dialectal variation of tart.