Quasi-Delict Legal Definition: Civil law: a delict (wrong) caused by negligence. Related Terms: Tort , Delict , Civil Law , Civil Liability , Obligations A quasi-delict is a negligent act or omission which causes harm or damage to the person or property of another, and thus exposes a person to civil liability in civil law jurisdictions, as if the act or omission was intentional (a delict). Quasi-delicts were not recognized by early Roman law. Gaius, for example, defined obligations as comprised only of delicts and contracts. Quasi-delicts only received official recognition in the publication of Justinian's Institutes in about 533 and thereafter were part and parcel of Roman law and, later, civil law. Robert-Joseph Pothier defined a delict as intentional harm. But a quasi-delict, wrote Pothier is: " ... where a person, not with malice but by inexcusable carelessness, causes harm to another." In his 1967 Dictionaire de Droit, Barraine defines a quasi-delict as: "Any unintentional and unlawful act or omission which causes damages." French: quasi-délit. REFERENCES: Barraine, Raymond, Dicionnaire de Droit (Paris: R. Pichon, 1967), page 247 ("Tout fait dommageable et illicite comis sans intention de nuire ... pouvant revêtir la forme d'un acte ou d'une omission"). Buckland, W. and McNair, A., Roman Law and Common Law (Cambridge: University Press, 1965), page 193. Bugnet, M., Oeuvres de Pothier, Volume 2 (Paris: Henri Plon, 1861), page 57 ("Le quasi-délit est le fait par lequel une personne, sans malignité, mais par imprudence qui n'est pas excusable, cause quelque tort à un autre"). Duhaime, Lloyd, LegalDefinition of Delict Duhaime, Lloyd, Legal Definition of Obligations Nadeau, R. and A., Traité Pratique de la Responsabilité Civile (Montréal: Wilson & Lafleur, 1971), page 4-5. Categories & Topics: Duhaime's Civil Law Dictionary Duhaime's Tort and Personal Injury Law Dictionary Unless otherwise noted, this page was written by Lloyd Duhaime of Duhaime.org Always looking up definitions? Save time with our search provider (modern browsers only) If you find an error or omission in Duhaime's Legal Dictionary, or if you have suggestion for a legal term, we'd love to hear from you!