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plaintiff

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noun plain·tiff \ˈplān-təf\

Simple Definition of plaintiff

  • law : a person who sues another person or accuses another person of a crime in a court of law

Full Definition of plaintiff

  1. :  a person who brings a legal action — compare defendant

Examples of plaintiff

  1. <the judge ruled that the plaintiff's lawsuit was groundless, and he dismissed it>



Origin of plaintiff

Middle English plaintif, from Anglo-French, from pleintif, adjective


First Known Use: 14th century



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