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[tawr-shuh s]
adjective Law.
  1. of the nature of or pertaining to a tort.
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Origin of tortious

1350–1400; Middle English torcious < Anglo-French, equivalent to torci(on) torsion + -ous -ous; meaning influenced by tort
Related formstor·tious·ly, adverbun·tor·tious, adjectiveun·tor·tious·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for tortious


  1. law having the nature of or involving a tort; wrongful
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Derived Formstortiously, adverb

Word Origin

C14: from Anglo-French torcious, from torcion, literally: a twisting, from Late Latin tortiō torment, from Latin torquēre to twist; influenced in meaning by tort
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Word Origin and History for tortious


late 14c., from Anglo-French torcious (14c.), from stem of torcion, literally "a twisting," from Late Latin tortionem (see torsion, and cf. tort).

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