docket

noun
dock·​et | \ ˈdä-kət How to pronounce docket (audio) \

Definition of docket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a brief written summary of a document : abstract
2a(1) : a formal abridged record of the proceedings in a legal action
(2) : a register of such records
b(1) : a list of legal causes to be tried also : the caseload of a court or judge
(2) : a calendar of business matters to be acted on : agenda
3 : an identifying statement about a document placed on its outer surface or cover

docket

verb
docketed; docketing; dockets

Definition of docket (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to place on the docket for legal action
2 : to make a brief abstract of (something, such as a legal matter) and inscribe it in a list
3 : to inscribe (something, such as a document) with an identifying statement

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Examples of docket in a Sentence

Noun The judge had to postpone some of the cases on the docket. on the Broadway docket for the early part of this season
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun As always, there are hugely consequential cases on the docket: A week after the November elections, the court is set to hear oral arguments in a case, backed by the Trump administration, to overturn the Affordable Care Act. Adam Liptak And Sheryl Gay Stolberg, chicagotribune.com, "Supreme Court nomination: Merrick Garland’s shadow hangs over the fight to replace Ruth Bader Ginsburg," 20 Sep. 2020 Disney held a summit in early 2020 as a preview of upcoming titles and not even Deadpool was on the docket at the time, as EW previously reported. Nick Romano, EW.com, "Lovecraft Country star Jonathan Majors joins next Ant-Man movie in major role," 14 Sep. 2020 The maneuver seemed to have a cascading effect, with two other games also wiped from the docket and Major League Baseball teams, like the Milwaukee Brewers, making similar decisions. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Barack Obama among the many social-media reactions to the Milwaukee Bucks sitting out Wednesday's game," 27 Aug. 2020 Charter's petition is opposed by consumer advocates, hundreds of customers who submitted filings to the FCC docket, and Roku. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, "Charter tries to convince FCC that broadband customers want data caps," 11 Aug. 2020 In Columbus, Ohio, Amanda Wood was among some 60 people on the docket Friday for eviction hearings at a convention center converted into a courtroom. Regina Garcia Cano And Michael Casey, Star Tribune, "Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states," 3 Aug. 2020 On the docket: Kol Nidre by Broadway star Adam Kantor, a Neilah service by the folk band Milk Carton Kids and students from at least a dozen campuses. Josefin Dolsten, sun-sentinel.com, "Jewish student life will look very different on campus this year," 3 Sep. 2020 In Columbus, Ohio, Amanda Wood was among some 60 people on the docket Friday for eviction hearings at a convention center converted into a courtroom. Regina Garcia Cano And Michael Casey, Star Tribune, "Wave of evictions expected as moratoriums end in many states," 3 Aug. 2020 On the docket: Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell is due to speak Thursday at the Jackson Hole Economic Policy Symposium, which will be livestreamed. Julia Horowitz, CNN, "Small stocks are beating the market. But buyer beware," 23 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The suit was filed on Friday, but not docketed until late Tuesday. Matthew Goldstein, New York Times, "Jeffrey Epstein’s Ex, Ghislaine Maxwell, Sues His Estate for Legal Fees," 18 Mar. 2020 The Senate Judiciary Committee docketed the bill right away, even before Northam’s seven other gun-control bills, which will be heard Monday. Laura Vozzella, Washington Post, "Why Northam’s assault weapons bill never really had a chance in the Virginia Senate," 23 Feb. 2020 But some legal observers believe the way in which the hearing has been docketed indicates that a guilty plea is likely. Luke Broadwater, baltimoresun.com, "Former Baltimore Mayor Pugh arrives at court to face fraud, tax charges in ‘Healthy Holly’ case; plea possible," 21 Nov. 2019 By that time, Duckett’s home had been docketed for foreclosure for more than a year. Rachel Chason, Washington Post, "On probation for fraud, he allegedly swindled again. And a woman lost her home.," 15 Nov. 2019 Gabbard said the application will undergo review from different government agencies and several revisions before the city can docket it for a public hearing and potentially approve it. Ben Tobin, The Courier-Journal, "Churchill Downs applies to permanently close part of South Fourth Street in Louisville," 30 July 2019 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 Some days, federal court dockets log a dozen or more new cases. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018

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First Known Use of docket

Noun

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1615, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for docket

Noun

Middle English doggette

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“Docket.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/docket. Accessed 27 Sep. 2020.

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docket

noun
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English Language Learners Definition of docket

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: a list of the legal cases that will be tried in a court of law
: a list of things to do or discuss

docket

noun
dock·​et | \ ˈdä-kət How to pronounce docket (audio) \

Legal Definition of docket

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a formal abridged record of the proceedings (as motions, orders, and judgments) in a legal action the clerk shall keep a docket in each caseU.S. Code
b : a register of such records
2a : a list of legal actions to be heard by a court the nearly 500 such cases on court dockets— Rorie Sherman — compare calendar
b : the caseload of a court a great part of our docket consisted of regulatory agency cases— R. H. Bork

Legal Definition of docket (Entry 2 of 2)

: to enter in a docket (as of a case or a court) closure motions must be docketed sufficiently in advance— W. R. LaFave and J. H. Israel — compare calendar

History and Etymology for docket

Noun

earlier doggette, docquet summary, abstract, of unknown origin

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