civil action

[ siv-uhl ak-shuhn ]

  1. a noncriminal lawsuit regarding an alleged violation of someone’s rights: When he started his own business and solicited his former employer’s clients, the employer filed a civil action against him.Some states require litigants in civil actions to go through alternative dispute resolution first.

  • Also called civ·il suit [siv-uhl soot] /ˈsɪv əl ˈsut/ .

Words Nearby civil action Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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