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cause of action

Definition of cause of action

  1. :  the grounds (as violation of a right) that entitle a plaintiff to bring a suit



15th Century

First Known Use of cause of action

15th century


Law Dictionary

cause of action

  1. 1 :  the grounds (as violation of a right) that entitle a plaintiff to bring a suit <an amended pleading reiterating a cause of action for lost profits — J. H. Friedenthal et al.>; also :  the part of a suit brought on those grounds <removed the cause of action to the district court>

  2. 2 :  right of action 1 <the court, led by Justice Brennan, said Congress intended to provide a private cause of actionNational Law Journal>




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