A noxal action ; an action which lay against a master for a crime committed or injury done by his slave; and in which the master had the alternative either to pay for the damage done or to deliver up the slave to the complaining partv. Inst. 4, 8, pr.; Ileinecc. Elein. lib. 4. tit. S. So called from noxa, the offense or injury committed. Inst. 4. 8, 1.