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A contract is an agreement entered into voluntarily by two or more parties, each of whom intends to create one or more legal obligations between or among them.

contract n 1: a binding agreement between two or more persons that is enforceable by law 2: (contract bridge) the highest bid becomes the contract setting the number of tricks that the bidder must make [syn: {declaration}] 3: a variety of bridge in which the bidder receives points toward game only for the number of tricks he bid [syn: {contract bridge}] v 1: enter into a contractual arrangement [syn: {undertake}] 2: engage by written agreement; "They signed two new pitchers for the next season" [syn: {sign}, {sign on}, {sign up}] 3: squeeze or press together; "she compressed her lips"; "the spasm contracted the muscle" [syn: {compress}, {constrict}, {squeeze}, {compact}, {press}] 4: become smaller or draw together; "The fabric shrank"; "The balloon shrank" [syn: {shrink}] [ant: {expand}, {stretch}] 5: be stricken by an illness, fall victim to an illness; "He got AIDS"; "She came down with pneumonia"; "She took a chill" [syn: {take}, {get}] 6: make smaller; "The heat contracted the woollen garment" 7: compress or concentrate; "Congress condensed the three-year plan into a six-month plan" [syn: {condense}, {concentrate}] 8: make or become more narrow or restricted; "The selection was narrowed"; "The road narrowed" [syn: {narrow}] [ant: {widen}] 9: reduce in scope while retaining essential elements; "The manuscript must be shortened" [syn: {abridge}, {foreshorten}, {abbreviate}, {shorten}, {cut}, {reduce}] [ant: {elaborate}]

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A tort, in common law jurisdictions, is a civil wrong. Tort law deals with situations where a person's behaviour has unfairly caused someone else to suffer loss or harm.

tort n : (law) any wrongdoing for which an action for damages may be brought [syn: {civil wrong}]

53 Moby Thesaurus words for "tort": atrocity, breach, crime, crime against humanity, deadly sin, delict, delinquency, dereliction, diablerie, enormity, error, evil, failure, fault, felony, genocide, guilty act, heavy sin, illegality, impropriety, indiscretion, inexpiable sin, iniquity, injury, injustice, lapse, malefaction, malfeasance, malum, minor wrong, misdeed, misdemeanor, misfeasance, mortal sin, nonfeasance, offense, omission, outrage, peccadillo, peccancy, sin, sin of commission, sin of omission, sinful act, slip, transgression, trespass, trip, unutterable sin, venial sin, violation, wrong, wrongdoing

Tort \Tort\, a. Stretched tight; taut. [R.] [1913 Webster] Yet holds he them with tortest rein. --Emerson. [1913 Webster]

Tort \Tort\, n. [F., from LL. tortum, fr. L. tortus twisted, crooked, p. p. of torqure to twist, bend. See {Torture}.] 1. Mischief; injury; calamity. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] That had them long opprest with tort. --Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) Any civil wrong or injury; a wrongful act (not involving a breach of contract) for which an action will lie; a form of action, in some parts of the United States, for a wrong or injury. [1913 Webster] {Executor de son tort}. See under {Executor}. {Tort feasor} (Law), a wrongdoer; a trespasser. --Wharton. [1913 Webster]

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  • contract: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • contract: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • contract: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • contract: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • contract: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • contract: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • contract: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • tort: WordNet (r) 2.0
  • tort: Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0
  • tort: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44
  • tort: The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.44

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