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[law-soot] /ˈlɔˌsut/
a case in a court of law involving a claim, complaint, etc., by one party against another; suit at law.
Origin of lawsuit
First recorded in 1615-25; law1 + suit Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • He used to boast that he had a lawsuit for every letter in the alphabet.

  • For, if poor, they will think a bird in the hand worth two in the bush of a lawsuit.

    Night and Morning, Complete Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • Was the paper you lost something to do with the Sterzer-Gordon lawsuit?

    The Depot Master Joseph C. Lincoln
  • It frightens me—raising my old nightmare of a lawsuit about the legitimacy of my child.

  • Then Mr. Mildmay, who is so very quiet, said that there would be a lawsuit.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for lawsuit


/ˈlɔːˌsuːt; -ˌsjuːt/
a proceeding in a court of law brought by one party against another, esp a civil action
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Word Origin and History for lawsuit

1620s, from law + suit (n.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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