a case in a court of law involving a claim, complaint, etc., by one party against another; suit at law.

Origin of lawsuit

First recorded in 1615–25; law1 + suit Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for lawsuit

Contemporary Examples of lawsuit

Historical Examples of lawsuit

  • He used to boast that he had a lawsuit for every letter in the alphabet.

  • For, if poor, they will think a bird in the hand worth two in the bush of a lawsuit.

    Night and Morning, Complete

    Edward Bulwer-Lytton

  • Was the paper you lost something to do with the Sterzer-Gordon lawsuit?

    The Depot Master

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • It frightens me—raising my old nightmare of a lawsuit about the legitimacy of my child.

  • Then Mr. Mildmay, who is so very quiet, said that there would be a lawsuit.

    Is He Popenjoy?

    Anthony Trollope

British Dictionary definitions for lawsuit



a proceeding in a court of law brought by one party against another, esp a civil action
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Word Origin and History for lawsuit

1620s, from law + suit (n.).

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