tort


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tort

 (tôrt)
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.

tort

(tɔːt)
n
(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]

tort

(tɔrt)

n.
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]

tort

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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.tort - (law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be broughttort - (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
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
Translations

tort

[tɔːt] N (Jur) → agravio m, tuerto m

tort

n (Jur) → Delikt nt
References in classic literature ?
A moment later the regiment roared forth its sudden and valiant re- tort. A dense wall of smoke settled slowly down.
It was in old French, and ran somewhat in this way: Or avant, entre nous tous freres Battons nos charognes bien fort En remembrant la grant misere De Dieu et sa piteuse mort Qui fut pris en la gent amere Et vendus et trais a tort Et bastu sa chair, vierge et dere Au nom de ce battons plus fort.
In art, as in politics, les grandperes ont toujours tort."
to estop as to forestall mine own tort. Wherefore if I would be
But the whole thickness of some learned counsel's treatise upon Torts did not screen him satisfactorily.
This case helps illustrate a straightforward axiom of commercial law: injuries that result from a breach of contract are remedied by an action in contract law; injuries that result from tortious conduct are remedied by an action in tort. No amount of artful pleading should allow a plaintiff to obtain a double recovery in tort and contract for the same injury.
Now the Breslers have returned to court to press their tort claims, alleging that Wilmington and its employees deliberately misled Charlie Bresler by telling him that only a one-time collateral payment would be required when, in reality, they always intended to solicit on-going payments.
This article recognizes that the factors identified by these theories may work in concert to influence tort reform enactments.
Our most robust finding is that various measures of litigation activity are associated with quicker enactment of tort reform.
The line between tort and criminal law plays a significant role in our legal system's self-understanding and structure.
Over the last decade, the antiquated doctrine of waiver of tort has re-emerged in Canadian law, raising concerns.
Calabresi's insight that the tort system serves a fundamental insurance function has proved to be a seminal contribution to the discipline of law and economics, which at the time of his article largely consisted of only one other major contribution, Coase's analysis of externalities.