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/ .
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How to use civil action in a sentence
"civil action" has to be part of any successful counterinsurgency.
And the wrongdoer may still be sued in a civil action for the loss to the seller as before.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The law punishes false imprisonment as a crime; the person unlawfully imprisoned also has a civil action for damages.Putnam's Handy Law Book for the Layman | Albert Sidney Bolles
The absolute independence which was claimed for religious opinion, led some to claim an equal independence for civil action.A short history of Rhode Island | George Washington Greene
No civil action of any kind as regards debts and the like can be brought against them in the Civil Courts of the receiving States.International Law. A Treatise. Volume I (of 2) | Lassa Francis Oppenheim
Afterwards, in a civil action, he was cast in heavy damages; his furniture and pictures were sold; and he retired to Switzerland.