class action

class ac·tion
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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klas, klahs ak-shuh n]
    • /klæs, klɑs ˈæk ʃən/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [klas, klahs ak-shuh n]
    • /klæs, klɑs ˈæk ʃən/

Definitions of class action words

  • countable noun class action A class action is a legal case brought by a group of people rather than an individual. 3
  • noun class action a legal action undertaken by one or more people representing the interests of a large group of people with the same grievance 3
  • noun class action a legal proceeding in which persons representing interests common to a large group participate as representatives of the group or class. 1
  • noun class action lawsuit brought by a group 1
  • noun class action (chiefly US) A lawsuit brought by a single plaintiff as a representative of a large group of others having a common interest. 0

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Origin of class action

First appearance:

before 1950
One of the 5% newest English words
First recorded in 1950-55

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Parts of speech for Class action


class action popularity

A pretty common term. Usually people know it’s meaning, but prefer to use a more spread out synonym. About 55% of English native speakers know the meaning and use word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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