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direct action

noun

Definition of direct action

  1. :  action that seeks to achieve an end directly and by the most immediately effective means (as boycott or strike)



1912

First Known Use of direct action

1912


Law Dictionary

direct action

noun

Legal Definition of direct action

  1. 1 :  an action in which the plaintiff sues a person's insurer without first obtaining a judgment against the insured or joining the insured

  2. 2 :  a suit by a shareholder for an injury to himself or herself independent from any injury to the corporation —called also individual action — compare derivative action




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