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A wrong (from Old English wrang – crooked)
is an act that is illegal or immoral. Legal wrongs are usually quite clearly defined
in the law of a state and/or jurisdiction. They can be divided into civil wrongs and
crimes (or criminal offences) in common law countries, while civil law countries tend
to have some additional categories, such as contraventions. Moral wrong is an underlying concept for legal
wrong. Some moral wrongs are punishable by law, for
example, rape or murder. Other moral wrongs have nothing to do with
law. On the other hand, some legal wrongs, such
as parking offences, could hardly be classified as moral wrongs.==Legal wrong==
In law, a wrong can be a legal injury, which is any damage resulting from a violation of
a legal right. A legal wrong can also imply the state of
being contrary to the principles of justice or law. It means that something is contrary to conscience
or morality and results in treating others unjustly. If the loss caused by a wrong is minor enough,
there is no compensation, which principle is known as de minimis non curat lex. Otherwise, damages apply. The law of England recognised the concept
of a “wrong” before it recognised the distinction between civil wrongs (governed by civil law)
and crimes (defined by criminal law), which distinction was developed during the thirteenth
century.==See also==
Error Evil
Goodness and value theory Guilt (law)
Justice Moral rights
Natural and legal rights Rights

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