cross action


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

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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,, "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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 May. 2021.

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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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