HyperDic: action_at_law

English > 1 sense of the expression action at law:
NOUNactaction at law, legal action, actiona judicial proceeding brought by one party against another
English > action at law: 1 sense > noun 1, act
MeaningA judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong.
Synonymslegal action, action
Categorylaw, jurisprudenceThe collection of rules imposed by authority
Narrowerantitrust caseA legal action brought against parties who are charged with limiting free competition in the market place
civil actionlegal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution)
counterclaimA claim filed in opposition to another claim in a legal action
custody caseA legal action to determine custody (usually of children following a divorce)
lis pendensA pending lawsuit
prosecution, criminal prosecutionThe institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant for criminal behavior
test case, test suitA representative legal action whose outcome is likely to become a precedent
Broaderproceeding, legal proceeding, proceedings(law) the institution of a sequence of steps by which legal judgments are invoked
Spanishcaso, causa, proceso
Catalancausa, procés

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