direct action

noun

Definition of direct action

:action that seeks to achieve an end directly and by the most immediately effective means (such as a boycott or strike)

First Known Use of direct action

1912


Law Dictionary

direct action

noun

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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