civil action

Definition of civil action

:a lawsuit about a person's rights
  • a civil action for wrongful death

Word by Word Definitions

civil play
  1. : of or relating to citizens

  2. : of or relating to the state or its citizenry

  3. : civilized

action play
  1. : a thing done : deed

  2. : the accomplishment of a thing usually over a period of time, in stages, or with the possibility of repetition

  3. : behavior, conduct


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