Definition of tort in US English:



  • A wrongful act or an infringement of a right (other than under contract) leading to civil legal liability.

    • ‘It was contended on behalf of the defendant that that failure amounted also the torts of nuisance and trespass.’
    • ‘The gist of the tort of misfeasance in public office is the deliberate abuse of power.’
    • ‘I rely on, effectively, torts - the tort of conspiracy to defraud or deceit and so on.’
    • ‘Although it is not impossible to apply foreseeability as a test of remoteness in torts of strict liability there is no good reason why words should be read into the statute to produce this result.’
    • ‘The company is liable for its contracts and torts; the shareholder has no such liability.’
    • ‘The Tribunal administers the tort of negligence, the torts connected with breach of statutory duty.’
    • ‘On the face of it, the practice of contingency fees could very well be tortious, contrary to the torts of champerty and maintenance.’
    • ‘This is not a tort of breach of privacy, this is a tort of an unauthorised publication perhaps.’
    • ‘There is a parallel with accessory liability in the economic torts, such as knowing participation in a fraud or inducing breach of contract.’
    • ‘That section provides both for jurisdiction and for a federal cause of action arising by recognition of certain international common law torts.’
    • ‘The torts of trespass to goods, conversion, and negligence, may all be relevant here.’
    • ‘The tort is the same tort as that in respect of which the claim is made against us.’
    • ‘It includes breaches of regulatory statutes, breaches of contract, and torts and other breaches of duty.’
    • ‘The law of torts, or civil wrongs, is extensive and its boundaries are indistinct.’
    • ‘The tort of misfeasance in its modern form may take one of two forms.’
    • ‘The last part offers Christian perspectives on such subjects in the legal curriculum as contracts, criminal law, and torts.’
    • ‘And there may be other torts and criminal offences that are done by taking control of people.’
    • ‘The tort of misfeasance in public office is currently in the public eye.’
    • ‘Public nuisance and libel are also torts and tortious liability is more often pursued than criminal proceedings.’
    • ‘All three cases concern liability for torts committed by a company of which the defendant is a director.’
    crime, lawbreaking, lawlessness, criminality, misconduct, malpractice, corruption, unethical behaviour, immorality, sin, sinfulness, wickedness, badness, evil, vice, iniquity, villainy, delinquency, misbehaviour, mischief, naughtiness
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Middle English (in the general sense ‘wrong, injury’): from Old French, from medieval Latin tortum ‘wrong, injustice’, neuter past participle of Latin torquere ‘to twist’.