ex parte

[ eks pahr-tee ]
/ ɛks ˈpɑr ti /

adjective, adverb

from or on one side only of a dispute, as a divorce suit; without notice to or the presence of the other party.

Nearby words

  1. ex new,
  2. ex nihilo,
  3. ex nihilo nihil fit,
  4. ex off.,
  5. ex officio,
  6. ex post,
  7. ex post facto,
  8. ex post facto law,
  9. ex rights,
  10. ex silentio

Origin of ex parte

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1665–75

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British Dictionary definitions for ex parte

ex parte

/ (ɛks ˈpɑːtɪ) /


law (of an application in a judicial proceeding) on behalf of one side or party onlyan ex parte injunction

Word Origin for ex parte


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Word Origin and History for ex parte

ex parte

Latin legal term, "on the one side only," from ex "out of" (see ex-) + parte, ablative of pars "part, side."

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