Tort meaning

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A legal term. The definition of a tort is a wrongdoing where a person causes damage or injury and can be sued for their action.

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.

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A wrongful act, injury, or damage (not involving a breach of contract), for which a civil action can be brought.
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To make something change its shape.
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A wrong that is committed by someone who is legally obligated to provide a certain amount of carefulness in behavior to another and that causes injury to that person, who may seek compensation in a civil suit for damages.
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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.
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The branch of the legal system or legal code that deals with such wrongs.
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An injury or wrong. [from the mid-13th c.]
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(law) A wrongful act, whether intentional or negligent, which causes an injury and can be remedied at civil law, usually through awarding damages. [from the later 16th c.]
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(in the plural, torts) The area of law dealing with such wrongful acts.
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(obsolete) Stretched tight; taut.
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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, substantive use of the past participle of torqueō (“twist, turn"). Compare with torsion, torture
    From Wiktionary
  • From Old French tort, from Latin tortum, from tortus (“twisted").
    From Wiktionary
  • Dialectal variation of tart.
    From Wiktionary