A breach of the standards of reasonableconduct imposed by law (as opposed to a dutyvoluntarily taken on in a contract) that causesharm to another person, giving the injuredperson the right to sue the one who breachedthe duty. Also called: Civil Wrong (in contrast to acriminal wrong, a crime). See: Negligence; StrictLiability.

Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
tort (noun)
a wrongful act other than a breach of contract for which relief may be obtained in the form of damages or an injunction
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