ETYM Old Fren. action, Latin actio, from agere to do. Related to Act.
1. Something done (usually as opposed to something said).
2. An act by a government body or supranational organization.
3. The operating part that transmits power to a mechanism.
4. The series of events that form a plot.
5. The state of being active; SYN. activity, activeness.
6. The trait of being active and energetic and forceful.
7. The most important or interesting work or activity in a specific area or field
action of law / ˈækʃn̩ əv ˈlɑː /
complaint / kəmpleɪnt /
ETYM French complainte. Related to Complain.
1. An expression of grievance or resentment.
2. (Formerly) A loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow.
3. (Civil law) The first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based.
A judicial proceeding brought by one party against another; one party prosecutes another for a wrong done or for protection of a right or for prevention of a wrong; SYN. action, action at law.
plaint / pleɪnt /
ETYM Old Eng. plainte, pleynte, French plainte, from Latin plangere, planctum (plancta, fem. p. p.), to beat, beat the breast, lament. Related to Complain, Plague, Plangent.
A written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court law asking for the grievance to be redressed.
prosecution / prɑːsəkjuːʃn̩ /
ETYM Latin prosecutio a following.
1. The institution and conduct of legal proceedings against a defendant.
2. The lawyers acting for the state to put the case against the defendant.
ETYM French réclamation, Latin reclamatio. Related to Reclaim.
1. Rescuing from error and returning to a rightful course; SYN. reformation.
2. The conversion of waste land into land suitable for use of habitation or cultivation; SYN. renewal, revival, rehabilitation.