Definition of tortfeasor in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtôrtˌfēzər/ Pronunciation: /-zôr/


A person who commits a tort.
Example sentences
  • Neither court expressly dealt with the question whether the section affected the common law rule that only one sum can be awarded in a single proceeding for the one tort committed by joint tortfeasors.
  • If the supervening event is a tort, the second tortfeasor should be responsible for the additional devaluation caused by him…
  • Where one person instigates another to commit a tort they are joint tortfeasors.


Mid 17th century: from Old French tort-fesor, from tort 'wrong' and fesor 'doer'.

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Syllabification: tort·fea·sor

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