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- n. : In the United States, a lawsuit between private parties, including an action by a private person against a government entity, which will be treated as a private party by the court
- n. Roman Dutch Law: a lawsuit which is not criminal in nature. It may be between the state and a private party. It is usually based in contract, or delict (tort).
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. an action to enforce the rights or redress the wrongs of an individual, not involving a criminal proceeding.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. legal action to protect a private civil right or to compel a civil remedy (as distinguished from criminal prosecution)
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