Course: Introduction / Procedural Law
A tort is a civil (not criminal) wrong that consists of a negligent or intentional injury against a person or property (with the exception of breach of contract).
The same act can be both a crime and a tort. As a matter of legal theory, a tort harms a particular individual, whereas a crime is seen as harming all citizens of the state.
Contrast with a crime.
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