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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.
[Middle English, injury, from Old French, from Medieval Latin tortum, from Latin, neuter past participle of torquēre, to twist; see terkw- in Indo-European roots.]
(Law) law a civil wrong arising from an act or failure to act, independently of any contract, for which an action for personal injury or property damages may be brought
[C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tortum, literally: something twisted, from Latin torquēre to twist]
Law. a wrongful act resulting in injury to another's person, property, or reputation, for which the injured party is entitled to seek compensation.
[1350–1400; Middle English: injury, wrong < Old French < Medieval Latin tortum wrong, injustice < Latin tortus twisted, crooked, dubious, past participle of torquēre to twist]
A wrongful act, done deliberately or through negligence, especially one that causes injury or damage and for which the injured party may bring a civil suit.
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|Noun||1.||tort - (law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought|
actus reus, wrongful conduct, misconduct, wrongdoing - activity that transgresses moral or civil law; "he denied any wrongdoing"
alienation of affection - a tort based on willful and malicious interference with the marriage relation by a third party without justification or excuse
invasion of privacy - the wrongful intrusion by individuals or the government into private affairs with which the public has no concern
trespass - a wrongful interference with the possession of property (personal property as well as realty), or the action instituted to recover damages
libel - a false and malicious publication printed for the purpose of defaming a living person