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[tawr-shuh s] /ˈtɔr ʃəs/
adjective, Law.
of the nature of or pertaining to a tort.
Origin of tortious
1350-1400; Middle English torcious < Anglo-French, equivalent to torci(on) torsion + -ous -ous; meaning influenced by tort
Related forms
tortiously, adverb
untortious, adjective
untortiously, adverb Unabridged
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(law) having the nature of or involving a tort; wrongful
Derived Forms
tortiously, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Anglo-French torcious, from torcion, literally: a twisting, from Late Latin tortiō torment, from Latin torquēre to twist; influenced in meaning by tort
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Word Origin and History for tortious

late 14c., from Anglo-French torcious (14c.), from stem of torcion, literally "a twisting," from Late Latin tortionem (see torsion, and cf. tort).

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