tort

views updated

tort / tôrt/ • n. Law a wrongful act or an infringement of a right (other than under contract) leading to legal liability.

tort

views updated

tort In British law, wrongful act or omission that can give rise to a civil action at law, other than concerning breach of contract. The law of tort includes negligence, libel, slander, trespass, false imprisonment, and nuisance.

tort

views updated

tort †injury, wrong XIV (rare before XVI); (leg.) breach of a duty XVI. — OF. :- medL. tortum, sb. use of n. of L. tortus, pp. of torquēre twist, wring.