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

First Known Use of cross action

circa 1859


Law Dictionary

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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