1. A judicial proceeding that involves either civil or criminal claims. An action is brought by one or more plaintiffs against one or more defendants.
2. In general, the process of doing something.
Definition from Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary
Another term for a lawsuit. For example, a plaintiff might say, "I filed this negligence action last fall after the defendant, Ms. Adams, struck me while I was crossing the street at Elm and Main."
Definition provided by Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary.
August 19, 2010, 5:10 pm