What does tort mean?

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  1. An injury or wrong. [from the mid-13th c.]
  2. (law) A wrongful act, whether intentional or negligent, which causes an injury and can be remedied in civil court, usually through awarding damages. [from the later 16th c.]
  3. (torts) The area of law dealing with such wrongful acts.
  1. (obsolete) Stretched tight; taut.
  1. (slang) A tortoise.
  1. (slang) A tortoiseshell (animal with coloured markings on fur).
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