Definition of tort in US English:



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

    • ‘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 tort of misfeasance in public office is currently in the public eye.’
    • ‘It was contended on behalf of the defendant that that failure amounted also the torts of nuisance and trespass.’
    • ‘It includes breaches of regulatory statutes, breaches of contract, and torts and other breaches of duty.’
    • ‘The company is liable for its contracts and torts; the shareholder has no such liability.’
    • ‘I rely on, effectively, torts - the tort of conspiracy to defraud or deceit and so on.’
    • ‘There is a parallel with accessory liability in the economic torts, such as knowing participation in a fraud or inducing breach of contract.’
    • ‘The law of torts, or civil wrongs, is extensive and its boundaries are indistinct.’
    • ‘The tort is the same tort as that in respect of which the claim is made against us.’
    • ‘The Tribunal administers the tort of negligence, the torts connected with breach of statutory duty.’
    • ‘The tort of misfeasance in its modern form may take one of two forms.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And there may be other torts and criminal offences that are done by taking control of people.’
    • ‘On the face of it, the practice of contingency fees could very well be tortious, contrary to the torts of champerty and maintenance.’
    • ‘The last part offers Christian perspectives on such subjects in the legal curriculum as contracts, criminal law, and torts.’
    • ‘The torts of trespass to goods, conversion, and negligence, may all be relevant here.’
    • ‘The gist of the tort of misfeasance in public office is the deliberate abuse of power.’
    • ‘This is not a tort of breach of privacy, this is a tort of an unauthorised publication perhaps.’
    • ‘That section provides both for jurisdiction and for a federal cause of action arising by recognition of certain international common law torts.’
    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’.