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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}]

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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]


Civil law is the branch of law dealing with disputes between individuals or organizations, in which compensation may be awarded to the victim.

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Data Sources:

  • 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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