cause of action
cause of action
1: the grounds (as violation of a right) that entitle a plaintiff to bring a suit
an amended pleading reiterating a cause of action for lost profits — J. H. Friedenthal et al.; also: the part of a suit brought on those grounds
removed the cause of action to the district court
the court, led by Justice Brennan, said Congress intended to provide a private cause of actionNational Law Journal

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

cause of action
I noun action, action at law, basis for relief, cause, claim, claim for relief, demand, enforceable claim, ground, issue, just claim, lawful cause, legal assertion, reason for legal pursuit, reason for relief, reasonable claim, redressible wrong, right, right of action, right of recovery, right to relief associated concepts: accrual of a cause of action, capacity to institute a cause of action, collateral estoppel, derivative cause of action, facts giving rise to a cause of action, facts sufficient to constitute a cause of action, inconsistent claims, joint interest in a cause of action, limitation of actions, meritorious cause of action, relief splitting a cause of action, res judicata, venue II index claim (legal demand), gist (ground for a suit), incentive

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


cause of action
n.
A set of facts that creates a valid legal claim that can be grounds for a lawsuit.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


cause of action
A specific legal claim — such as for negligence, breach of contract, or medical malpractice — for which a plaintiff seeks compensation. Each cause of action is divided into discrete elements, all of which must be proved to present a winning case. A complaint often states multiple causes of action, and each cause of action is made up of certain required elements — for example, a cause of action for breach of contract must show offer, acceptance, transfer of something of value, and breach of the agreement.
Category: Accidents & Injuries
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


cause of action
n.
1 A collection of facts that, if true, would entitle a party to be awarded a remedy from another party by a court; the facts that give a person the legal right to sue.
2 A lawsuit.
3 In many states, the Same as a claim for relief.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


cause of action
The fact or combination of facts that gives a person the right to seek judicial redress or relief against another. Also, the legal theory forming the basis of a lawsuit.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


cause of action
I
The fact or combination of facts that gives a person the right to seek judicial redress or relief against another. Also, the legal theory forming the basis of a lawsuit.
II The fact or facts which give a person a right to relief in court.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

cause of action
n.
   the basis of a lawsuit founded on legal grounds and alleged facts which, if proved, would constitute all the "elements" required by statute. Examples: to have a cause of action for breach of contract there must have been an offer of acceptance; for a tort (civil wrong) there must have been negligence or intentional wrongdoing and failure to perform; for libel there must have been an untruth published which is particularly harmful; and in all cases there must be a connection between the acts of the defendant and damages. In many lawsuits there are several causes of action stated separately, such as fraud, breach of contract, and debt, or negligence and intentional destruction of property.
   See also: element, lawsuit

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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