emotional distressA highly unpleasant mental reaction (such as anguish, grief, fright, humiliation, or fury) that results from another person’s conduct; emotional pain and suffering.
? Emotional distress, when severe enough, can form a basis for the recovery of tort damages.
¡ª Also termed emotional harm; mental anguish; mental distress; mental suffering. See INTENTIONAL INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS; NEGLIGENT INFLICTION OF EMOTIONAL DISTRESS. Cf. mental cruelty under CRUELTY. [Cases: Damages 48¨C56.20. C.J.S. Damages ¡ì¡ì 94¨C104; Parent and Child ¡ì 344; Torts ¡ì¡ì 66¨C83.]