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civil action

Definition of civil action

  1. :  a lawsuit about a person's rights <a civil action for wrongful death>



Word by Word Definitions

civilplay
  1. :  of or relating to citizens

    :  of or relating to the state or its citizenry

    :  civilized

actionplay
  1. :  the initiating of a proceeding in a court of justice by which one demands or enforces one's right

    :  the proceeding itself

    :  the bringing about of an alteration by force or through a natural agency


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