course of action


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course of action

1. Any sequence of activities that an individual or unit may follow.
2. A possible plan open to an individual or commander that would accomplish, or is related to the accomplishment of the mission.
3. The scheme adopted to accomplish a job or mission.
4. A line of conduct in an engagement.
5. A product of the Joint Operation Planning and Execution System concept development phase. Also called COA.
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Noun1.course of action - a mode of action; "if you persist in that course you will surely fail"; "once a nation is embarked on a course of action it becomes extremely difficult for any retraction to take place"
action - something done (usually as opposed to something said); "there were stories of murders and other unnatural actions"
blind alley - (figurative) a course of action that is unproductive and offers no hope of improvement; "all the clues led the police into blind alleys"; "so far every road that we've been down has turned out to be a blind alley"
collision course - a course of action (following a given idea) that will lead to conflict if it continues unabated
path, way of life, way - a course of conduct; "the path of virtue"; "we went our separate ways"; "our paths in life led us apart"; "genius usually follows a revolutionary path"
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By them he weighed and judged and determined his own consequent courses of action, just like any human; or, just like any human, lazily resolved upon no course of action, but merely noted and registered a clear comprehension of something that was going on about him that did not require a correspondence of action on his part.
Changes in estate also issue from this, for if, to one who governs himself with caution and patience, times and affairs converge in such a way that his administration is successful, his fortune is made; but if times and affairs change, he is ruined if he does not change his course of action. But a man is not often found sufficiently circumspect to know how to accommodate himself to the change, both because he cannot deviate from what nature inclines him to do, and also because, having always prospered by acting in one way, he cannot be persuaded that it is well to leave it; and, therefore, the cautious man, when it is time to turn adventurous, does not know how to do it, hence he is ruined; but had he changed his conduct with the times fortune would not have changed.
The post of the next morning decided my course of action. It brought me a letter from my mother-in-law, which added one more to the memorable dates in my domestic calendar.
When I have stated the case to Lady Verinder as the case now stands, and when I have told her plainly what course of action to take for the recovery of the Moonstone, the responsibility will be off my shoulders.
Considers it a reflection cast on the memory of the best of men, to suppose that his course of action toward the Misses Vanstone can be other than the course of action which his father pursued.
What course of action could she determine upon, which could be adopted in eight-and-forty hours?
This principle was sufficient thenceforward to rid me of all those repentings and pangs of remorse that usually disturb the consciences of such feeble and uncertain minds as, destitute of any clear and determinate principle of choice, allow themselves one day to adopt a course of action as the best, which they abandon the next, as the opposite.
There I remained for a long time, too fearful to move, and indeed too fearful even to plan a course of action. The wild scene about me lay sleeping silently under the sun, and the only sound near me was the thin hum of some small gnats that had discovered me.
He had committed himself now to a definite course of action. He had made up his mind to take Monty back with him to England and face the consequences.
It will be our honest and sincere conviction, but it must also be understood that it does not bind the Government of this country to any course of action."
Your proposed course of action seems scarcely in keeping with this."
Dolly hesitated again, and not being able to decide upon any other course of action, burst into tears.

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