law·​suit ˈlȯ-ˌsüt How to pronounce lawsuit (audio)
: a suit in law : a case before a court

Example Sentences

the homeowner filed a lawsuit against the moving company that was refusing to be held responsible for damaging her furniture
Recent Examples on the Web The federal lawsuit, filed by Keriwyn Hill of Brooklyn, alleges that Lee pulled her and choked her during an argument on May 7, 2022, according to Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 1 Feb. 2023 The article was provided as evidence by the plaintiffs in a civil lawsuit filed on behalf of Frankie Greer, who was seriously injured in San Diego’s Central jail in 2018. San Diego Union-Tribune, 1 Feb. 2023 McGinn was in court to oppose a motion to consolidate the Hutchins family case with a lawsuit filed by the set medic, Cherlyn Schaefer. Gene Maddaus, Variety, 31 Jan. 2023 In October 2022, Baldwin and other Rust producers settled a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Hutchins' widower Matthew. Skyler Caruso, Peoplemag, 31 Jan. 2023 The lawsuit, filed in Manhattan, has now been withdrawn because of Meta’s internal arbitration clause. Byalice Hearing, Fortune, 31 Jan. 2023 The release comes as the Department of Justice is suing the state over its prison conditions—a lawsuit filed in December 2020 following an investigation that started in 2016. Carol Robinson |, al, 30 Jan. 2023 But in August of last year, a class-action lawsuit filed against the Archdiocese of Quebec detailed new accusations against him personally. Adam Taylor, Washington Post, 30 Jan. 2023 Frizzell's ruling regards a lawsuit filed by the Oklahoma attorney general in 2005. Doug Thompson, Arkansas Online, 29 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1624, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of lawsuit was in 1624

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Cite this Entry

“Lawsuit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


law·​suit ˈlȯ-ˌsüt How to pronounce lawsuit (audio)
: a suit in law : a case before a court

Legal Definition


: an action brought in a court for the purpose of seeking relief from or remedy for an alleged wrong : suit

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