Definition of cause of action in English:

cause of action


  • A fact or facts that enable a person to bring an action against another.

    ‘the plaintiff had a good cause of action in negligence’
    • ‘In addition, courts in other countries have begun to entertain private law causes of action as a means for seeking redress for human rights violations.’
    • ‘Furthermore, the fact that a cause of action could be novel is not a bar to its proceeding to trial.’
    • ‘The intended claimant has a good cause of action against the intended defendant in respect of each of the claims.’
    • ‘Consequently the first question is whether the claimant has a personal cause of action against the defendant.’
    • ‘The plaintiffs assert causes of action including negligent design, failure to warn, misrepresentation and breach of warranty.’