|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 |
|a calculus or concretion found in the stomach or intestines of certain animals, esp. ruminants, formerly reputed to be an effective remedy for poison.|
|a fool or simpleton; ninny.|
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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