tortious (adj.) late 14c., from Anglo-Fr. torcious (14c.), from stem of torcion, lit. "a twisting," from L.L. tortionem (see TORSION (Cf. torsion), and Cf. TORT (Cf. tort)).

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  • tortious — tor·tious / tȯr shəs/ adj: constituting a tort: recognized as a tort a tortious act tortious interference with contract tor·tious·ly adv Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Tortious — Tor tious, a. [From {Tort}.] 1. Injurious; wrongful. [Obs.] Tortious power. Spenser. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) Imploying tort, or privat injury for which the law gives damages; involing tort. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • tortious — [tôr′shəs] adj. [ME torcious < Anglo Fr] Law of or involving a tort tortiously adv …   English World dictionary

  • tortious — /torshas/ Wrongful; of the nature of a tort. The word tortious is used throughout the Restatement, Second, Torts, to denote the fact that conduct whether of act or omission is of such a character as to subject the actor to liability, under the… …   Black's law dictionary

  • tortious — adjective Date: 1544 implying or involving tort • tortiously adverb …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • tortious — tortiously, adv. /tawr sheuhs/, adj. Law. of the nature of or pertaining to a tort. [1350 1400; ME torcious < AF, equiv. to torci(on) TORSION + ous OUS; meaning influenced by TORT] * * * …   Universalium

  • tortious — adjective Of, pertaining to, or characteristic of torts. Syn: wrongful …   Wiktionary

  • tortious — tor·tious || tÉ”rʃəs / tɔː adj. damaging, of damages (Law) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • tortious — [ tɔ:ʃəs] adjective Law constituting a tort; wrongful. Derivatives tortiously adverb Origin ME (orig. in the sense injurious ): from Anglo Norman Fr. torcious, from the stem of torcion extortion, violence , from late L. tortio(n ) (see torsion) …   English new terms dictionary

  • tortious — tor·tious …   English syllables

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