Meaning of tortious in English:


Pronunciation /ˈtɔːʃəs/


  • Constituting a tort; wrongful.

    ‘this does not make the act tortious’
    • ‘tortious liability’
    • ‘Public nuisance and libel are also torts and tortious liability is more often pursued than criminal proceedings.’
    • ‘The Statement of Claim does not identify what was done by any individual defendant to constitute tortious conduct.’
    • ‘It represents a fundamental attack upon the principle of tortious liability for negligent conduct which has caused foreseeable personal injury to others.’
    • ‘As a general rule, however, there is no liability in tortious negligence for an omission, unless the defendant is under some pre-existing duty.’
    • ‘Consett Iron, which was a decision before criminal and tortious liability for maintenance and champerty were abolished by the Criminal Law Act 1967.’
    • ‘The maxim in English law presupposes a tortious act by the defendant.’
    • ‘It is, of course, well established that loss is an essential ingredient of a claim in tort, so that a cause of action for tortious negligence does not arise until loss is suffered.’
    • ‘The onus of proof remained with the claimant to show that the defendant's tortious conduct made a material contribution to the loss, but strictly speaking the defendants were liable only to the extent of that contribution.’
    • ‘The said agreement amounted to a tortious conspiracy between the Defendants to commit an unlawful act namely the raid, and to harm the claimants' business.’
    • ‘You may have other remedies in terms of tortious actions, personal actions, but at the moment you are using the vehicle of the company -’
    • ‘As both tortfeasors are responsible for the tortious conduct as a whole in the case of joint torts it is not necessary to distinguish between the actions of the different tortfeasors.’
    • ‘Accordingly it was ‘necessary… to apply the principles of tortious liability strictly in accordance with this rule of company law ’.’
    • ‘It would be not okay if one did it either, your Honour, because that would be the tortfeasor, and those who went to assist, in a complicitous way, the tortfeasor in the tortious conduct, would also be liable.’
    • ‘However, there is one head of tortious liability which is of particular relevance to administrative law.’
    • ‘As we have seen, the tortious liability of trade unions is negated by providing wide immunities.’
    • ‘My own belief is that, in the present context, the common law is not antipathetic to concurrent liability, and that there is no sound basis for a rule which automatically restricts the claimant to either a tortious or a contractual remedy.’
    • ‘It is not the act but the consequences on which tortious liability is founded.’
    • ‘It will be seen that s.10 is solely concerned with tort, section 11 deals in a somewhat curious way with a mixture of tortious and contractual liability.’
    • ‘In effect, the claimants' actions were steps taken acting reasonably in mitigation of their losses in reducing their price in response to the tortious actions of the defendant.’
    • ‘There is no dispute that the action is prima facie tortious, because it involves the union in inducing at least some of its members to breach their contracts of employment.’


Late Middle English from Anglo-Norman French torcious, from the stem of torcion ‘extortion, violence’, from late Latin tortio(n-) (see torsion). The original sense was ‘injurious’.