ex parte

[eks pahr-tee]

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.

Origin of ex parte

Borrowed into English from Latin around 1665–75
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ex parte


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

Word Origin for ex parte

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for 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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