lis pendens

[ lis pen-denz ]
/ lɪs ˈpɛn dɛnz /

noun Law.

a pending suit listed on the court docket.
the rule placing property involved in litigation under the court's jurisdiction.
the principle that the filing of a suit constitutes notice of the claim asserted.

Words nearby lis pendens

Origin of lis pendens

From the Latin word līs pendēns Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for lis pendens

lis pendens
/ (lɪs ˈpɛndɛnz) /


a suit pending in a court that concerns the title to land
a notice filed to warn interested persons of such a suit

Word Origin for lis pendens

Latin: pending lawsuit
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