join·​der | \ ˈjȯin-dər How to pronounce joinder (audio) \

Definition of joinder

2a(1) : a joining of parties as plaintiffs or defendants in a suit
(2) : a joining of causes of action or defense
b : acceptance of an issue tendered

Examples of joinder in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web 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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First Known Use of joinder

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for joinder

Anglo-French joinder, joindre, from joindre to join

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join·​der | \ ˈjȯin-dər How to pronounce joinder (audio) \

Legal Definition of joinder

: the act or an instance of joining: as
a : 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
b : a joining of offenses or defendants in an indictment, information, or prosecution
c : a formal answer (as denial of fact) to an issue tendered moved for summary judgment after joinder of issue
d : a joining into a common transaction requires the joinder of both spouses— W. M. McGovern, Jr. et al.

History and Etymology for joinder

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

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