interlocutory

adjective
in·​ter·​loc·​u·​to·​ry | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlä-kyə-ˌtȯr-ē How to pronounce interlocutory (audio) \

Definition of interlocutory

: made during the progress of a legal action and not final or definitive an interlocutory appeal an interlocutory decree

Examples of interlocutory in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web An interlocutory appeal is one made before the underlying case is resolved in the lower court and typically is granted only in rare circumstances. Washington Post, "Delaware attorney general loses appeal bid in opioid lawsuit," 12 Dec. 2019 The court issued a ruling Wednesday saying there were no exceptional circumstances justifying an interlocutory review of the judge’s decision. Washington Post, "Delaware attorney general loses appeal bid in opioid lawsuit," 12 Dec. 2019 His interlocutory approach is gentle, meandering, even bumbling. Ruth Graham, Slate Magazine, "David Brody, chief political correspondent for the Christian Broadcasting Network, guessed early on that white evangelicals would go for Trump.," 4 Jan. 2018 This kind of appeal that occurs in the midst of litigation, called an interlocutory appeal, typically moves faster through the 9th Circuit than an appeal that is brought at the end of a case. Kristina Davis, sandiegouniontribune.com, "Las Vegas mass shooting revives debate on high-capacity magazines," 7 Oct. 2017 Nevertheless, Viacom not only loses its attempt to avoid trial, but the judge rejects an alternative motion to certify the case for an interlocutory appeal, meaning one that would come before trial. Eriq Gardner, Billboard, "Viacom Loses Bid to Avoid Defamation Trial Over TLC Biopic," 25 Sep. 2017 Nevertheless, Viacom not only loses its attempt to avoid trial, but the judge rejects an alternative motion to certify the case for an interlocutory appeal, meaning one that would come before trial. Eriq Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, "Viacom Loses Bid to Avoid Defamation Trial Over VH-1 Biopic," 25 Sep. 2017 While Plaintiffs pursue an expedited interlocutory appeal, the question of who can legally manage and govern BBT (Billy Bob’s Texas), and by what authority ... will remain in question and will create chaos at BBT. Max B. Baker, star-telegram, "Brawl continues over who’s the top hand at Billy Bob’s Texas," 13 Aug. 2017

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15th century, in the meaning defined above

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“Interlocutory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/interlocutory. Accessed 22 Jan. 2021.

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interlocutory

adjective
in·​ter·​loc·​u·​to·​ry | \ ˌin-tər-ˈlä-kyə-ˌtōr-ē How to pronounce interlocutory (audio) \

Legal Definition of interlocutory

: not final or definitive an interlocutory order broadly : made or done during the progress of an action especially when delay would cause irreversible injury an interlocutory appeal

History and Etymology for interlocutory

Medieval Latin interlocutorius, from Late Latin interloqui to pronounce an interlocutory sentence, from Latin, to speak between

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