American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A death that is caused by the wrongful act or negligence of another and that serves as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the decedent's heirs.
- n. a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence; a death that can serve as the basis for a civil action for damages on behalf of the dead person's family or heirs
“The inquest announcement came the day after Aaron Watson, the Steen family lawyer, gave the City of Pensacola notice that he intends to file a $10 million wrongful death lawsuit against Ard, the city and the police department.”
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