actionaction ( n )
1 a :a judicial proceeding for the enforcement or protection of a right, the redress or prevention of a wrong, or the punishment of a public offense compare
b :the right to bring or maintain such a legal or judicial proceeding
2 :an act or decision by an executive or legislative body of a government (as an administrative agency) or of an organization (as a Board of Directors) [the power of courts to invalidate statutes and executive ⁓
3 :a voluntary act of will that manifests itself externally:a mode of conduct
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