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ad litem

[ ad -lahy-tem ]
/ ˈæd ˈlaɪ tɛm /
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adjective Law.

for the particular action or proceeding: a guardian ad litem.

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Origin of ad litem

1760–70; <Latin; cf. litigate
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British Dictionary definitions for ad litem

ad litem
/ Latin (æd ˈlaɪtɛm) /

adjective

(formerly, esp of a guardian) appointed for a lawsuit
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