Definition of gist in English:

gist

Syllabification: gist
Pronunciation: /jist
 
/

noun

[in singular]
  • 2 Law The real point of an action: damage is the gist of the action and without it the plaintiff must fail
    More example sentences
    • The gist of the tort of unlawful interference is the intentional infliction of economic harm.
    • Where damage is the gist of the action, as in negligence, the claimant must prove actual loss.
    • The substance of the libel is true: the question is whether what is stated inaccurately is of the gist of the libel.

Origin

early 18th century: from Old French, third person singular present tense of gesir 'to lie', from Latin jacere. The Anglo-French legal phrase cest action gist 'this action lies' denoted that there were sufficient grounds to proceed; gist was adopted into English denoting the grounds themselves (sense 2).

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