- from or on one side only of a dispute, as a divorce suit; without notice to or the presence of the other party.
Origin of ex parte
Borrowed into English from Latin around 1665–75
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Examples from the Web for ex parte
I had been arraigned and found guilty upon an ex-parte statement.Japhet in Search of a Father
I read this ex-parte judgment with mingled surprise and indignation.
Unfortunately, two can play at this game of ex-parte definition.Anthropology
Party debate will addle your pate, ex-parte "facts" bring dizziness.
This of course must be viewed as an ex-parte statement, difficult for foreigners to verify or refute.
- law (of an application in a judicial proceeding) on behalf of one side or party onlyan ex parte injunction
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Word Origin and History for ex parte
Latin legal term, "on the one side only," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + parte, ablative of pars "part, side."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper