from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. See action.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
But united action will come in the train of real synodical action; and if I understand aright, the last Convocation of Canterbury accepted all that we are trying for, taking the right view in the question of Provinces, Metropolitans, position of Colonial Churches, joint action of the Church at large, Extension of Episcopate in England.
On the one hand the merchant joins other merchants in a group which has a great number of common interests: legislation on issues of economic policy, the social prestige of business, representation of business-interests, joint action as over against the general public in order to maintain certain prices, and many others.
It may have a place, but if you're going to do things in society collectively, you're going to have joint action toward the acheivement of the agreed goals.