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



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 OriginMiddle 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