Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    A tort; an injury; a crime.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Lat. A delict, tort, wrong, injury or offense. Actions ex delicto are such as are founded on a tort, as distinguished from actions on contract. Culpability, blameworthiness, or legal delinquency. The word occurs in this sense in the maxim, "In pari delicto melior est conditio defendentis," (which sce.) A challenge of a juror propter delictum is for seme crime or misdemeanor that affects his credit and renders him infamous. 3 Bl. Comm. 363 ; 2 Kent, Comm. 241.