cause of action

noun phrase
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

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


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cause of action

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 1
  • the court, led by Justice Brennan, said Congress intended to provide a private cause of action
  • National Law Journal

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