join·​der ˈjȯin-dər How to pronounce joinder (audio)
: a joining of parties as plaintiffs or defendants in a suit
: a joining of causes of action or defense
: acceptance of an issue tendered

Examples of joinder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The Rangers last month filed a joinder to a lawsuit MLB brought on behalf of Minnesota and Cleveland seeking to compel Diamond to make rights’ payments or relinquish the rights. Sportsday Staff, Dallas News, 1 June 2023 Diamond Sports, the parent company of Bally Sports Southwest, missed a rights payment due to the team on April 15, triggering the Rangers to file a joinder seeking the court to compel Diamond to pay its rights fees or surrender the broadcast rights. Evan Grant, Dallas News, 18 Apr. 2023 Prosecutors will ask the court for a joinder to bring the two cases together, Peisinger said, but that decision will be up to a judge. James Whitlow,, 14 Dec. 2020 Also on Friday, Trump's attorney Charles Harder filed a joinder in the notice of removal and indicated his client intends to join the petition to compel arbitration. Ashley Cullins, The Hollywood Reporter, 16 Mar. 2018 However, his absence prevents counsel from obtaining his approval and thus further prevents counsel from filing a joinder with the Motion to Continue Current Trial Date in compliance with the local rules. Lindsey Bever, Washington Post, 15 June 2017

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Word History


Anglo-French joinder, joindre, from joindre to join

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of joinder was in 1601

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“Joinder.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

Legal Definition


join·​der ˈjȯin-dər How to pronounce joinder (audio)
: the act or an instance of joining: as
: a joining of parties as coplaintiffs or codefendants in a suit
also : a joining of claims by one or more plaintiffs in a suit see also misjoinder compare counterclaim, cross-claim, impleader, interpleader, intervention, sever sense 3c
collusive joinder
: an addition of a party to a suit made for the purpose of manufacturing federal jurisdiction

Note: Under the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure a federal district court will not have jurisdiction when collusive joinder is made.

compulsory joinder
: joinder of a party to a suit required by the court when the party is indispensable to complete relief for parties already involved or when the party claims an interest that may substantially affect the other parties or may be put at risk by the action
joinder of remedies
: a joining of two claims in one action even though one cannot be recognized until the other is resolved
specifically : the combination of legal and equitable claims in one action when a fraudulent conveyance must first be set aside legally before equitable relief can be granted to a creditor
permissive joinder
: a joining in a suit as coplaintiffs or codefendants of any parties that share common issues of law or fact in regard to the same occurrences or transactions
also : a joining in one suit of any legal, equitable, or maritime claims a party has against the opposing party
: a joining of offenses or defendants in an indictment, information, or prosecution
: a formal answer (as denial of fact) to an issue tendered
moved for summary judgment after joinder of issue
: a joining into a common transaction
requires the joinder of both spousesW. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.

Anglo-French, from joinder to join, from Old French joindre, from Latin jungere

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