Body of law pertaining to wrongful acts or infringements of a right (not within a contract) leading to damages and civil legal liability.
An act or omission that gives rise to injury or harm to another and amounts to a civil wrong for which courts impose liability.
Torts fall into three general categories: (1) intentional torts (such as intentionally hitting a person); (2) negligent torts (such as causing an accident by failing to obey traffic rules); and (3) strict liability torts (liability for making and selling defective products).
Bob intentionally punched Betty in the face when she said he was ugly. Bob committed the tort of Battery.