cause of action

noun phrase

Definition of cause of action

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

First Known Use of cause of action

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of cause of action was in the 15th century

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“Cause of action.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Sep. 2021.

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Legal Definition of cause of action

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


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