Definition of direct action
: action that seeks to achieve an end directly and by the most immediately effective means (as boycott or strike)
First Known Use of direct action
Legal Definition of direct action
1 : an action in which the plaintiff sues a person's insurer without first obtaining a judgment against the insured or joining the insured
2 : a suit by a shareholder for an injury to himself or herself independent from any injury to the corporation —called also individual action — compare derivative action
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