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noun Law.
a person other than a duly appointed guardian who acts on behalf of an infant or other person not fully qualified by law to act on his or her own behalf.
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Also called prochein ami.

Origin of next friend

before 900; Middle English; Old English

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next friend

noun
law (formerly) a person acting on behalf of an infant or other person under legal disabilityOfficial name: litigation friend
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