plaintiff+or+defendant

  • 1 Plaintiff — A plaintiff (Π in legal shorthand), also known as a claimant or complainant, is the term used in some jurisdictions for the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court. By doing so, the plaintiff seeks a legal remedy,… …

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  • 2 plaintiff — plain·tiff / plān təf/ n [Middle French plaintif, from plaintif, adj., grieving, from plaint lamentation, from Latin planctus, from plangere to strike, beat one s breast, lament]: the party who institutes a legal action or claim (as a… …

    Law dictionary

  • 3 defendant — de·fen·dant /di fen dənt, ˌdant/ n: the party against whom a criminal or civil action is brought see also answer, codefendant compare accused, plaintiff …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 plaintiff — plain‧tiff [ˈpleɪntf] noun [countable] LAW someone who brings a legal action against someone in a court of law; = COMPLAINANT: • plaintiffs seeking damages from cigarette manufacturers * * * plaintiff UK US /ˈpleɪntɪf/ noun [C] LAW …

    Financial and business terms

  • 5 defendant — ► NOUN ▪ a person sued or accused in a court of law. Compare with PLAINTIFF(Cf. ↑plaintiff) …

    English terms dictionary

  • 6 plaintiff — ► NOUN Law ▪ a person who brings a case against another in a court of law. Compare with DEFENDANT(Cf. ↑defendant). ORIGIN Old French plaintif plaintive …

    English terms dictionary

  • 7 defendant — [dē fen′dənt, difen′dənt; dē fen′dant΄, di fen′dant΄] adj. [ME defendaunt < OFr defendant, prp. of defendre] defending n. Law the defending party; person sued or accused: opposed to PLAINTIFF …

    English World dictionary

  • 8 Plaintiff — Plain tiff, n. [F. plaintif making complaint, plaintive; in Old French equiv. to plaignant complainant, prosecutor, fr. plaindre. See {Plaint}, and cf. {Plaintive}.] (Law) One who commences a personal action or suit to obtain a remedy for an… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 9 plaintiff — a person or business that files a formal complaint with the court (Glossary of Common Bankruptcy Terms) A person who initiates a case in Court. That person may also be referred to as the Claimant, Petitioner or Applicant. The person who is being… …

    Glossary of Bankruptcy

  • 10 Defendant — De*fend ant, n. 1. One who defends; a defender. [1913 Webster] The rampiers and ditches which the defendants had cast up. Spotswood. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A person required to make answer in an action or suit; opposed to plaintiff. Abbott.… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 11 plaintiff, defendant — Anyone who has difficulty remembering the distinction between these words should recall that plaintiff is related to plaint and complaint (meaning grievance ) and complain ( to protest ). A plaintiff is a complainant, one who brings a suit in a… …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 12 Defendant — A defendant or defender (Δ in legal shorthand) is any party who is required to answer the complaint of a plaintiff or pursuer in a civil lawsuit before a court, or any party who has been formally charged or accused of violating a criminal statute …

    Wikipedia

  • 13 defendant — noun ADJECTIVE ▪ criminal ▪ convicted, guilty VERB + DEFENDANT ▪ accuse, charge ▪ The defendant was charged with disturbing the p …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 14 defendant — See plaintiff. See plaintiff, defendant …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 15 plaintiff — UK [ˈpleɪntɪf] / US noun [countable] Word forms plaintiff : singular plaintiff plural plaintiffs legal someone who brings a legal case against someone else in a court of law. The person against whom the case is brought is called the defendant …

    English dictionary

  • 16 defendant — /di fen deuhnt/ or, esp. in court for 1, / dant/, n. 1. Law. a person, company, etc., against whom a claim or charge is brought in a court (opposed to plaintiff). 2. Obs. defender. adj. 3. making one s defense; defending: a defendant corporation …

    Universalium

  • 17 plaintiff — See plaintiff, defendant …

    Dictionary of problem words and expressions

  • 18 plaintiff — noun A party bringing a suit in civil law against a defendant; accusers. Syn: complainant, litigant Ant: defendant, suspect See Als …

    Wiktionary

  • 19 defendant — de|fen|dant W2 [dıˈfendənt] n the person in a court of law who has been ↑accused of doing something illegal →↑plaintiff American Equivalent: prisoner ▪ We find the defendant not guilty …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 20 defendant — noun (C) law the person in a court of law who has been accused (accuse) of doing something illegal: We find the defendant not guilty. compare plaintiff …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English


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