Definition of delict in English:


Pronunciation /dɪˈlɪkt//ˈdiːlɪkt/


  • A violation of the law; a tort.

    ‘an international delict’
    mass noun ‘claims in tort or delict’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    infringement, contravention, breach, violation, transgression, breaking
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Late Middle English: from Latin delictum ‘something showing fault’, neuter past participle of delinquere (see delinquent).