Jane Roe


: a woman who is a party to legal proceedings and whose true name is unknown or withheld : jane doe
Feuer said the homeless woman, identified in the suit as Jane Roe to protect her privacy, had medical insurance and a primary care provider.Gale Holland

Examples of Jane Roe in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thornton is the daughter of Norma McCorvey, the woman originally identified in court documents by the pseudonym Jane Roe. Scott Stump, NBC News, 9 Sep. 2021 According to the lawsuit, John met a female freshman student, identified in the lawsuit as Jane Roe, at a Halloween party on Oct. 31, 2020. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al, 29 June 2021 The Nebraska inmate, a 22-year-old identified in court documents as Jane Roe, started serving a 26-month sentence at the Nebraska Correctional Center for Women outside Lincoln, Neb., on Feb. 18. Washington Post, 15 Apr. 2021 The 22-year-old inmate, identified in the lawsuit as Jane Roe, was 15 weeks and 6 days pregnant as of Monday. Grant Schulte, Star Tribune, 12 Apr. 2021 At least six have sued for damages, in each case using aliases such as Jane Roe and Jane Doe to shield their identities. Don Stacom, Hartford Courant, 29 Sep. 2022 Norma McCorvey, the Jane Roe at the center of Roe v. Wade, was an imperfect plaintiff. New York Times, 6 July 2022 In a speech attended by Democratic officials, candidates and Linda Coffee, one of the attorneys who represented Jane Roe, Davis cajoled her colleagues to continue fighting for the sake of young people turned off by Democratic inaction. Ufon Umanah, Dallas News, 4 July 2022 The case was brought on by an anonymous plaintiff, a woman named Norma McCorvey, better known in court documents as Jane Roe. Gloria Allred, Variety, 29 June 2022

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Word History

First Known Use

1788, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of Jane Roe was in 1788

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“Jane Roe.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Jane%20Roe. Accessed 22 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

Jane Roe

: a woman who is a party to legal proceedings and whose true name is unknown or withheld

Legal Definition

Jane Roe

: a female party to a legal proceeding whose true identity is unknown or whose true name is being withheld compare john doe, richard roe
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