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[Latin delictum misdeed, offense, from neuter past participle of delinquere to commit (an offense), err]
1 in the civil law of Louisiana
: an offense other than breach of contract that creates an obligation for damages NOTE: Delict is the civil law equivalent of the common-law tort.
2 : a criminal offense
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.