Next friend
Next Next (n[e^]kst), a., superl. of {Nigh}. [AS. n[=e]hst, ni['e]hst, n[=y]hst, superl. of ne['a]h nigh. See {Nigh}.] 1. Nearest in place; having no similar object intervening. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

Her princely guest Was next her side; in order sat the rest. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Fear followed me so hard, that I fled the next way. --Bunyan. [1913 Webster]

2. Nearest in time; as, the next day or hour. [1913 Webster]

3. Adjoining in a series; immediately preceding or following in order. [1913 Webster]

None could tell whose turn should be the next. --Gay. [1913 Webster]

4. Nearest in degree, quality, rank, right, or relation; as, the next heir was an infant. [1913 Webster]

The man is near of kin unto us, one of our next kinsmen. --Ruth ii. 20. [1913 Webster]

Note: Next is usually followed by to before an object, but to is sometimes omitted. In such cases next in considered by many grammarians as a preposition. [1913 Webster]

{Next friend} (Law), one who represents an infant, a married woman, or any person who can not appear sui juris, in a suit at law. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • next friend — n: a person appearing in or appointed by a court to act on behalf of a person (as a child) lacking legal capacity Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. next friend …   Law dictionary

  • Next friend — bezeichnet im Common Law eine Person, die Aktivprozesse für einen Minderjährigen führt. Zur Rechtslage in einzelnen Ländern siehe: Next friend (England und Wales) Next friend (Vereinigte Staaten) Die …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • next friend — next′ friend′ n. law a person other than a guardian acting on behalf of another, such as an infant or incompetent • Etymology: bef. 900 …   From formal English to slang

  • next friend — n. Law a person who, though not appointed as a guardian, acts for another legally unable to act for himself …   English World dictionary

  • Next friend — In common law, next friend (Law French prochein ami) is a phrase used to refer to a person who represents another person who is under disability or otherwise unable to maintain a suit on their own behalf and who does not have a legal guardian.… …   Wikipedia

  • next friend — noun (law) a person who acts on behalf of an infant or disabled person • Topics: ↑law, ↑jurisprudence • Hypernyms: ↑agent * * * noun Etymology: translation of Anglo French prochein ami …   Useful english dictionary

  • next friend — One acting for benefit of infant, or other person not sui juris (person unable to look after his or her own interests or manage his or her own lawsuit), without being regularly appointed guardian. In re Boulware s Will, 144 Misc. 235, 258 N.Y.S.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • next friend — One acting for benefit of infant, or other person not sui juris (person unable to look after his or her own interests or manage his or her own lawsuit), without being regularly appointed guardian. In re Boulware s Will, 144 Misc. 235, 258 N.Y.S.… …   Black's law dictionary

  • next friend — noun Date: 1579 a person admitted to or appointed by a court to act for the benefit of a person (as an infant) lacking full legal capacity …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • next friend — Law. a person other than a duly appointed guardian who acts on behalf of an infant or other person not fully qualified by law to act on his or her own behalf. Also called prochein ami. Cf. guardian ad litem. [bef. 900; ME; OE] * * * …   Universalium

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