Definition of tort noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

tort

 noun
noun
BrE BrE//tɔːt//
 
; NAmE NAmE//tɔːrt//
 
[countable, uncountable](law)
 
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something wrong that somebody does to somebody else that is not criminal, but that can lead to action in a civil court Word Origin Middle English (in the general sense ‘wrong, injury’): from Old French, from medieval Latin tortum ‘wrong, injustice’, neuter past participle of Latin torquere ‘to twist’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: tort