plenary action


plenary action
A suit or action, independent of any other proceeding, in which the merits of the cause are fully inquired into and determined, as distinguished from a summary proceeding in which formalities are less strict and which are usually merely ancillary to some other action or proceeding. May v Henderson, 268 US 111, 115, 69 L Ed 870, 873, 45 S Ct 456.

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  • plenary action — n. A full trial on the merits; see also summary The Essential Law Dictionary. Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. Amy Hackney Blackwell. 2008 …   Law dictionary

  • plenary action — A complete and formal hearing or trial on the merits as distinguished from a summary hearing which is commonly less strict and more informal. May v. Henderson, 268 U.S. Ill, 45 S.Ct. 456, 69 L.Ed. 870 …   Black's law dictionary

  • plenary — ple·na·ry / plē nə rē, ple / adj: full and complete in every respect: as a: absolute (1) plenary power b: fully attended or constituted a plenary session of the legislature c: including a …   Law dictionary

  • action — Conduct; behavior; something done; the condition of acting; an act or series of acts. Term in its usual legal sense means a lawsuit brought in a court; a formal complaint within the jurisdiction of a court of law. Pathman Const. Co. v. Knox… …   Black's law dictionary

  • action — Conduct; behavior; something done; the condition of acting; an act or series of acts. Term in its usual legal sense means a lawsuit brought in a court; a formal complaint within the jurisdiction of a court of law. Pathman Const. Co. v. Knox… …   Black's law dictionary

  • plenary proceedings — See plenary action …   Black's law dictionary

  • plenary suit — One that proceeds on formal pleadings. Central Republic Bank and Trust Co. v. Caldwell, C.C.A. Mo., 58 F.2d 721. See also plenary action …   Black's law dictionary

  • plenary suit — Same as plenary action …   Ballentine's law dictionary

  • Plenary Councils of Baltimore —     Plenary Councils of Baltimore     † Catholic Encyclopedia ► Plenary Councils of Baltimore     While the ecclesiastical province of Baltimore comprised the whole territory of the American Republic, the provincial councils held in that city… …   Catholic encyclopedia

  • Plenary Councils of Baltimore — The Third Plenary Council of Baltimore (1884) The Plenary Councils of Baltimore were three national meetings of Roman Catholic bishops in the 19th century in Baltimore, Maryland. During the early history of the Roman Catholic Church in the United …   Wikipedia


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