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A wrongful act under law, such as a tort or a criminal offense.

[Latin dēlictum, from neuter past participle of dēlinquere, to offend; see delinquent.]


(dɪˈlɪkt; ˈdiːlɪkt)
1. (Law) law chiefly Scots law a wrongful act for which the person injured has the right to a civil remedy. See also tort
2. (Law) Roman law a civil wrong redressable by compensation or punitive damages
[C16: from Latin dēlictum a fault, crime, from dēlinquere to fail, do wrong; see delinquency]



a misdemeanor; offense.
[1515–25; < Latin dēlictum a fault, derivative of dēlinquere to do wrong; see delinquency]
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Say to him, then, to his beard,'' continued Malvoisin, coolly, ``that you love this captive Jewess to distraction; and the more thou dost enlarge on thy passion, the greater will be his haste to end it by the death of the fair enchantress; while thou, taken in flagrant delict by the avowal of a crime contrary to thine oath, canst hope no aid of thy brethren, and must exchange all thy brilliant visions of ambition and power, to lift perhaps a mercenary spear in some of the petty quarrels between Flanders and Burgundy.
Suing in delict refers to a situation where one suffers reasonably foreseeable and avoidable harm as a result of another's negligent act or omission.
It is well established that usually a person becomes a patient either through a contractual arrangement [2] or as a result of the law of delict imposing a duty on doctors not to treat their patients negligently.
The Historical Foundations of Grotius' Analysis of Delict
13) Amorezul Iasiului, Gheorghe Nichita: Nu stiam ca a ti se aprinde calcaiele dupa o femeie e un delict.
The actio popularis authorized any person to pursue a claim on behalf of the public in cases in which a public delict or wrong might otherwise go unredressed.
Secondly, there is the theme of the relationship between the law of contract and the law of obligations, which (at least) encompasses the laws of contract, delict (tort), and unjustified enrichment (restitution).
The result, quite predictably, is that the apology is shorn of its essential and positive elements, becoming the instrument whereby additional harm is visited upon the victim and causing the offender to appear guilty of a greater crime than the original delict.
In contrast, Sacramentorum sanctitatis tutela--the universal church law promulgated in 2001 by Pope John Paul II and revised in 2010 by Pope Benedict XVI--states on "grave delicts" (moral crimes including sexual abuse): "Whenever the Ordinary or Hierarch receives a report of a grave delict, which has at least the semblance of truth, once the preliminary investigation has been completed, he is to communicate the matter to the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith.
The contractor is obliged to take out insurance to cover all risks to civil liability for damage to third parties and things, for facts or delict in themselves and their employees arising from the execution of the contract, with a limit of no less than 3 000 000.
i]f it appears, in all the circumstances, from a comparison of--(a) the significance of the factors which connect a tort or delict with the country whose law would be the applicable law under the general rule; and (b) the significance of any factors connecting the tort or delict to another country, that it is substantially more appropriate for the applicable law .