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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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(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]
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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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``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.''
These include the law of delict, under the right to privacy contained in the SA Constitution, [39] and recent provisions contained in omnibus data protection legislation.
The April 30 letter goes further, accusing Francis of the "canonical delict of heresy," which the writers define as when someone "knowingly and persistently denies something which he knows that the Church teaches to be revealed by God."
The new letter lists pages of what it calls "Evidence for Pope Francis being guilty of the delict (crime) of heresy".
The church now only considers it a "grave delict" -- or a crime handled by the Vatican office that processes sex abuse cases -- if the child in question is under age 14.
This explanatory strategy, Atria claims, can be extended to all those legal concepts (contract, property, wills, delict, sanction, etc.) that are not purely conventional (i.e.
'The problem with the survey is it is laced with items to delict this government in a bad light,' Lorenzana told reporters.
The majority of surveyed respondents supported the abolition of verbal delict, as well as the text of this petition.
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