direct action

noun
|Updated on: 21 Jul 2018

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)

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First Known Use of direct action

1912

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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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