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n. ~ 1. Law · Any proceedings in court brought by an individual, or a corporate or a public entity, to seek judgment for the infringement of rights or laws. - 2. Something done intentionally; an accomplishment achieved, usually, over a period of time; an act1.

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(AAT 2000) [actions (judicial events)] Use generally for any proceedings in court brought by one or more persons against another or others, or by the state against a person or persons, to enforce a private right, redress or prevent a private wrong, or to punish a public offense.