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

    From wrong; from a tort.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    From a delict, tort, fault, crime, .or malfeasance. In both the civll and the common law, obligations and causes of action are divided into two great classes,—those arising ex contractu, (out of a contract,) and those ex delicto. The latter are such as grow out of or are founded upon a wrong or tort, c. g., trespass, trover, replevin. These terms were known in English law at a very early period. See Inst 4, 1, pr.; Mackeld. Rom. Daw, § 384; 3 BL Comm. 117; Bract, fol. 101b.