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lis pendens

[lis pen-denz]
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noun Law.
  1. a pending suit listed on the court docket.
  2. the rule placing property involved in litigation under the court's jurisdiction.
  3. the principle that the filing of a suit constitutes notice of the claim asserted.

Origin of lis pendens

From the Latin word līs pendēns
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British Dictionary definitions for lis pendens

lis pendens

noun
  1. a suit pending in a court that concerns the title to land
  2. a notice filed to warn interested persons of such a suit

Word Origin

Latin: pending lawsuit
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