Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The pith; the principal point involved. See 127 Ala. 149, 28 South. 593.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In pleading. The essential ground or object of the action in point of law, without which there would be no cause of action. Gould, PI. c. 4. ยง 12; Hathaway v. Rice, 19 Vt. 102. The gist of an action is the cause for Which an action will lie; the ground or foundation of a suit, without which it would not be maintainable; the essenial ground or object of a suit, and without which there is not a cause of action. First Nat. Bank v. Burkett, 101 111. 391, 40 Am. Rep. 209; Hoffman v. Knight, 127 Ala. 149, 28 South. 593; Tar-bell v. Tarbell, 60 Vt. 486, 15 Atl. 104.