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

    Any act or omission which harms or damages another, whether justified by law or not. See 81 Conn. 293, 129 Am. St. Rep. 215, 70 Atl. 1035.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    Any wrong or damage done to another, either in his person, rights, reputation or property. Parker v. Griswold, 17 Conn. 298, 42 Am. Dec. 739; Woodruff v. Mining Co., 18 Fed. 781; Hitch v. Edgecombe Co.unty, 132 N. C. 573, 44 S. E. 30; Macauley v. Tierney, 19 R. I. 255, 33 Atl. 1, 37 L. R. A. 455, 61 Am. St. Rep. 770. In the civil law. A delict committed in contempt or outrage of any one, whereby his body, his dignity, or his reputation is maliciously injured. Voet, Com. ad Pand. 47, t. 10, no. 1.
    —Civil injury. Injuries to person or property, resulting from a breach of contract, delict, or criminal offense, which may be redressed by means of a civil action. Cullinan v. Burk-hard, 41 Misc. Rep. 321, 84 N. Y. Supp. 825
    —Irreparable injury. This phrase does not mean such an injury as is beyond the possibility of repair, or beyond possible compensation in damages, or necessarily great damage, but includes an injury, whether great or small, which ought not to be submitted to, on the one hand, or inflicted, on the other; and which, because it is so large or so small, or is of such constant and frequent occurrence, cannot receive reasonable redress in a court of law. Sanderlin v. Baxter, 76 Va. 306. 44 Am. Rep 165; Farley v. Gate City Gaslight Co., 105 Ga. 323. 31 S. E. 193; Wahle v. Rein-bach. 76 111. 322 ; Camp v. Dixon, 112 Ga. 872 38 S. E. 71. 52 In R. A. 755. Wrongs of a repeated and continuing character, or which occasion damages that are estimated onlv by conjecture, and not by any accurate standard, are included. Johnson v. Kier, 3 Pittsb. R. (Pa.) 204.
    —Personal injury. A hurt or damage done to a man's person, such as a cut or bruise, a broken limb, or the like, as distinguished from an injury to his property or his reputation. The phrase is chiefly used in connection with actions of tort for negligence. Norris v. Grove, 100 Mich. 256. 58 N. W. 1006; State v. Claybome, 14 Wash. 622, 45 Pac. 303 ; Terre Haute Bl. Rv. Co. v. Lauer, 21 Ind. App. 466, 52 N. E. 703. But the term is also used (chiefly in statutes) in a much wider sense, and as including any injury which is an invasion of personal rights, and in this signification it may include such injuries as libel or slandqr, criminal conversation with a wife, seduction of a daughter, and mental suffering. See Delamater v. Russell, 4 How. Prae. (N. Y.) 234; Garrison v. Burden. 40 Ala. 516; McDonald v. Brown, 23 R. I. 546, 51 Atl. 213, 58 In R, A. 768, 91 Am. St. Rep. 659; Morton v. Western Union Tel. Co.., 130 N. C. 299, 41 S. B. 484; Williams v. Williams, 20 Colo. 51. 37 Pan. 614; Hood v. Sudderth, 111 N. C. 215, 16 S. E. 397.