[ 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
Words nearby amicus curiae
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British Dictionary definitions for 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
[ (uh-mee-kuhs kyoor-ee-eye) ]
See friend of the court.
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