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tort

[ tawrt ]
/ tɔrt /
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noun Law.

a wrongful act, not including a breach of contract or trust, that results in injury to another's person, property, reputation, or the like, and for which the injured party is entitled to compensation.

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Origin of tort

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English: “injury, wrong,” from Old French, from Medieval Latin tortum “wrong, injustice,” noun use of neuter of Latin tortus “twisted, crooked, dubious,” past participle of torquēre “to twist, wring”

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH tort

tort , torte
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British Dictionary definitions for tort

tort
/ (tɔːt) /

noun

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

Word Origin for tort

C14: from Old French, from Medieval Latin tortum, literally: something twisted, from Latin torquēre to twist
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