amicus curiae

[ uh-mahy-kuhs -kyoor-ee-ee, uh-mee-kuhs -kyoor-ee-ahy ]
/ əˈmaɪ kəs ˈkyʊər iˌi, əˈmi kəs ˈkyʊər iˌaɪ /

noun, plural a·mi·ci cu·ri·ae [uh-mahy-kahy -kyoor-ee-ee, uh-mee-kee -kyoor-ee-ahy]. /əˈmaɪ kaɪ ˈkyʊər iˌi, əˈmi ki ˈkyʊər iˌaɪ/. Law.

a person, not a party to the litigation, who volunteers or is invited by the court to give advice upon some matter pending before it.

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Also called friend of the court.

Origin of amicus curiae

Borrowed into English from New Latin around 1605–15
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British Dictionary definitions for amicus curiae

amicus curiae
/ (æˈmiːkʊs ˈkjʊərɪˌiː) /

noun plural amici curiae (æˈmiːkaɪ)

law a person not directly engaged in a case who advises the court

Word Origin for amicus curiae

Latin, literally: friend of the court
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Cultural definitions for amicus curiae

amicus curiae
[ (uh-mee-kuhs kyoor-ee-eye) ]

See friend of the court.

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