The FindLaw Legal Dictionary -- free access to over 8260 definitions of legal terms. Search for a definition or browse our legal glossaries.
cause of action1 : 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."]
Source: Merriam-Webster's Dictionary of Law ©1996. Merriam-Webster, Incorporated. Published under license with Merriam-Webster, Incorporated.