a person who brings suit in a court (opposed to defendant).
- plain·tiff·ship, noun
- plaintiff , plaintive
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How to use plaintiff in a sentence
The injunction, she argued, only applies to these four plaintiffs—not to anyone else.The Back Alley, Low Blow-Ridden Fight to Stop Gay Marriage in Florida Is Finally Over | Jay Michaelson | January 5, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
As luck would have it, right in front of me were lawyers from the same firm representing the plaintiffs.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’ | Jay Michaelson | November 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
To be fair, these are replies to arguments put forth by the plaintiffs in the case.
Parents who bring wrongful birth suits seem to face a burden faced by no other plaintiffs in medical malpractice cases.
The burden on plaintiffs in wrongful birth cases “is unique, and is inconsistent with other types of malpractice cases,” she said.
The plaintiffs had a legal property in this charter; and they had acquired property under it.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster | Daniel Webster
The plaintiffs cannot now hold the property acquired by themselves, and which this article says they have a right to hold.Select Speeches of Daniel Webster | Daniel Webster
Whilst he talked my eye wandered round the court and the motley collection of plaintiffs, defendants, and witnesses.Workhouse Characters | Margaret Wynne Nevinson
Claims by plaintiffs jointly may be joined with claims by them or any of them separately against the same defendant.
And one of the plaintiffs said that the maiden was the most worthy of praise, for her steadfastness to her oath.Sulamith: A Romance of Antiquity | Alexandre Kuprin
British Dictionary definitions for plaintiff
(formerly) a person who brings a civil action in a court of law: Now replaced by: claimant Compare defendant (def. 1)
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Cultural definitions for plaintiff
The party that institutes a suit in a court. The person or entity the plaintiff sues is the defendant.
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