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n. Law
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.]

tor′ti·ous adj.


(Law) law having the nature of or involving a tort; wrongful
[C14: from Anglo-French torcious, from torcion, literally: a twisting, from Late Latin tortiō torment, from Latin torquēre to twist; influenced in meaning by tort]
ˈtortiously adv


(ˈtɔr ʃəs)

adj. Law.
of the nature of or pertaining to a tort.
[1350–1400; Middle English torcious < Anglo-French]
tor′tious•ly, adv.


Wrongful, especially in constituting or involving a tort.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.tortious - of or pertaining to the nature of a torttortious - of or pertaining to the nature of a tort; "tortious acts"
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