In the civil and common law. An action of tort; an action arising out of fault, misconduct, or malfeasance. Inst 4, 6, 15; 3 Bl. Comm. 117. Ex maleficio is the more common expression of the civil law; which is adopted by Bracton. Inst. 4, 6, 1; Bract, fols. 102, 103.

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