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English definition of “tort”

tort

noun [C or U]     /ˈtɔːt/ US   /ˈtɔːrt/ LAW
an action that is wrong but not criminal and so can be dealt with in a civil court : The company claimed compensation for the work made necessary by the defendants' tort. New tort legislation was enacted in March. If the product caused damage to the buyer, then the seller would be open to a claim in tort.
(Definition of tort noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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