One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A violation of the law; a tort.‘an international delict’mass noun ‘claims in tort or delict’
infringement, contravention, breach, violation, transgression, breakingView synonyms
- ‘I do not think that the solution is to be found in a process of categorisation, whether of the nature of the delict or the loss in respect of which damages are claimed.’
- ‘In the result the public was deprived of critical information and it does not matter which pigeonhole the delict best fits.’
- ‘The general rule is that the applicable law is the law of the country in which the events constituting the tort or delict in question occur.’
- ‘The appellant in the present instance asks that her case be approached as a case of delict [i.e. tort], not as a case of breach of contract.’
- ‘The court held that for the purposes of the Brussels Convention, now the Brussels Regulation, this was a claim in tort, delict, or quasi-delict.’
Late Middle English: from Latin delictum ‘something showing fault’, neuter past participle of delinquere (see delinquent).
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