cross action

noun

Definition of cross action

: a legal action in which the defendant in an existing action files a suit against the plaintiff on the same subject matter : countersuit

Examples of cross action in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Shurmur’s system leans on passing concepts that make his receivers work together—pick plays and crossing action—rather than in isolation routes on the outside. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "Adam Thielen and Stefon Diggs Just Need Someone to Throw Them the Damn Ball," 10 Jan. 2018

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First Known Use of cross action

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

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“Cross action.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/cross%20action. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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cross-action

noun
cross-ac·​tion

Legal Definition of cross-action

: an action brought by a defendant in an existing action against a plaintiff or codefendant — compare counterclaim, cross-appeal, cross-claim, third-party claim

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