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Plaintiff meaning

plaintiff - 4 dictionary results

  1. 1. See Plaintive.
  2. 2. The person, corporation or other legal entity that initiates a lawsuit. In certain states and for some types of lawsuits, the term petitioner is used instead of plaintiff. Compare defendant, respondent.
  3. 3. One who commences a personal action or suit to obtain a remedy for an injury to his rights; - opposed to defendant.
  4. 4. One who begins a lawsuit against another.

plaintiff - examples of usage

  1. The Plaintiff and the Defendant literally face their Judge, practically converse with him, and can tell their story in their own simple and natural way. - "Hodge and His Masters", Richard Jefferies.
  2. The defendant, by disobeying the orders of the court, falls under the power of the plaintiff, who can cause execution to issue against his goods, and reimburse himself; or, against his body, and confine him forty days, unless paid his demand. - "An History of Birmingham (1783)", William Hutton.
  3. Of course she comes as the friend of the Plaintiff, and naturally takes a favourable view of her case. - "Bardell v. Pickwick", Percy Fitzgerald.
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