[ tawr-shuh s ]
/ ˈtɔr ʃəs /

adjective Law.

of the nature of or pertaining to a tort.

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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for tortious


/ (ˈtɔːʃəs) /


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

Word Origin for tortious

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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