n 1 :
a violation of the law ;esp :
a criminal act [nor shall any person be subject for the same to be twice put in jeopardy "U.S. Constitution
amend. V"] see also lesser included offense 2 in the civil law of Louisiana :
an intentional unlawful act that causes damage to another and for which the law imposes an obligation for damages compare quasi contract
, quasi-offense NOTE: Breach of contract, offenses, quasi-offenses, and quasi contracts are the bases for civil liability under the civil law. Offenses and quasi-offenses are comparable to common-law torts.