civil action


civil action
a) In the United States, a lawsuit between private parties, including an action by a private person against a government entity, which will be treated as a private party by the court
b) Roman Dutch Law: a lawsuit which is not criminal in nature. It may be between the state and a private party. It is usually based in contract, or delict (tort).

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  • Civil action — Civil Civ il, a. [L. civilis, fr. civis citizen: cf. F. civil. See {City}.] 1. Pertaining to a city or state, or to a citizen in his relations to his fellow citizens or to the state; within the city or state. [1913 Webster] 2. Subject to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • civil action — n. A lawsuit brought by a private citizen to protect a private or civil right or to seek a civil remedy; a noncriminal action. The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008. civil… …   Law dictionary

  • civil action — Action brought to enforce, redress, or protect private rights. In general, all types of actions other than criminal proceedings. Gilliken v. Gilliken, 248 N.C. 710, 104 S.E.2d 861, 863. The term includes all actions, both those formerly known as… …   Black's law dictionary

  • civil action — Action brought to enforce, redress, or protect private rights. In general, all types of actions other than criminal proceedings. Gilliken v. Gilliken, 248 N.C. 710, 104 S.E.2d 861, 863. The term includes all actions, both those formerly known as… …   Black's law dictionary

  • civil action — n. (legal) to bring a civil action * * * (legal) to bring a civil action …   Combinatory dictionary

  • civil action — civil lawsuit, lawsuit which is brought by a citizen (as opposed to a criminal suit which is brought by the government) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • civil action — noun legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution) • Hypernyms: ↑legal action, ↑action, ↑action at law …   Useful english dictionary

  • civil action — An action brought to enforce a civil right; an ordinary action as distinguished from a criminal action, or a special proceeding. Wurth v Affeldt, 265 Wis 119, 60 NW2d 708, 40 ALR2d 1376; the ordinary proceeding in a court of justice by one party… …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • civil action — /ˌsɪv(ə)l ækʃən/ noun a court case brought by a person or a company against someone who has done them wrong …   Dictionary of banking and finance

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