Law. a misdemeanor; offense.
Roman and Civil Law. a civil wrong permitting compensation.

1515–25; < Latin dēlictum a fault, noun use of neuter of dēlictus (past participle of dēlinquere to do wrong; see delinquency), equivalent to dēlic- fail + -tus past participle suffix Unabridged
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delict (dɪˈlɪkt, ˈdiːlɪkt)
1.  chiefly law, Scots law See also tort a wrongful act for which the person injured has the right to a civil remedy
2.  Roman law a civil wrong redressable by compensation or punitive damages
[C16: from Latin dēlictum a fault, crime, from dēlinquere to fail, do wrong; see delinquency]

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1520s, from L. delictum "fault, offense, crime," neut. sing. of pp. of delinquere (see delinquent). Phrase in flagrant delict translates L. in flagrante delicto.
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in Roman law, an obligation to pay a penalty because a wrong had been committed. Not until the 2nd and 3rd centuries AD were public crimes separated from private crimes and removed to criminal courts; from that time, civil action remained the remedy for private abuses. In modern usage in countries that derive their law from the Roman, delict signifies a wrong in its civil aspects, corresponding to tort in Anglo-American law

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Example sentences
In the allegedly deficient narrative descriptions the alleged delict was in not providing sufficient detail.
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