Cause Of Action

Legal Definition and Related Resources of Cause Of Action

Meaning of Cause Of Action

The act on the part of the defendant which gives the plaintiff his cause of complaint . Every fact which is material to be proved to entitle the plaintiff to succeed every fact which the defendant would have the right to traverse . Has various meanings depending on context in which it is used and may mean all the facts which together constitute plaintiffs right to maintain the action . J. C. Penney Co. v Malouf Co., 189 S.E.2d 453, 125 Ga.App. 832.

Cause Of Action Alternative Definition

The thing done or omitted to be done which confers the right upon the other to sueji that is, the wrong against the plaintiffs which caused a grievance for which the law gives a remedy. 272 111. 156. Matter for which an action may be brought; the right to maintain an action. 28 Barb. (N. Y.) 231. A cause of action is said to accrue to any person when that person first comes to a right to bring an action. There is, however, an obvious distinction between a cause of action and a right, though a cause of action generally confers a right. Thus, statutes of limitation do not affect the cause of action, but take away the right. It is synonymous with “right of action” (26 How. Pr. [N. Y.] 108) , but not with “chose in action” (10 How. Pr. [N. Y.] 1).

Synonyms of Cause Of Action


  • 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

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Cause of Action Legal Definition

A claim sufficient to justify a legal right to sue.


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Cause of action in Law Enforcement

Main Entry: Law Enforcement in the Legal Dictionary. This section provides, in the context of Law Enforcement, a partial definition of cause of action.


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  • Law Enforcement Officer
  • Police Officer
  • Law Enforcement Agency

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English Legal System: Cause of Action

In the context of the English law, A Dictionary of Law provides the following legal concept of Cause of Action : The facts that entitle a person to sue. The cause of action may be a wrongful act, such as *trespass; or the harm resulting from a wrongful act, as in the tort of *negligence.

Meaning of Cause of Action in the U.S. Legal System

Definition of Cause of Action published by the National Association for Court Management: The facts that give rise to a lawsuit or a legal claim.

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