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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.]
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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]
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a misdemeanor; offense.
[1515–25; < Latin dēlictum a fault, derivative of dēlinquere to do wrong; see delinquency]
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