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[dih-likt] /dɪˈlɪkt/
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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British Dictionary definitions for delicts


/dɪˈlɪkt; ˈdiːlɪkt/
(law, mainly Scots law) a wrongful act for which the person injured has the right to a civil remedy See also tort
(Roman law) a civil wrong redressable by compensation or punitive damages
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C16: from Latin dēlictum a fault, crime, from dēlinquere to fail, do wrong; see delinquency
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Word Origin and History for delicts


1520s, from Latin delictum "fault, offense, crime," neuter singular of past participle of delinquere (see delinquent). Phrase in flagrant delict translates Latin 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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