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

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1859, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of cross action was circa 1859

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“Cross action.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

Legal Definition


: 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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