law·​suit | \ ˈlȯ-ˌsüt How to pronounce lawsuit (audio) \

Definition of lawsuit

: a suit in law : a case before a court

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Examples of lawsuit in a Sentence

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 From the Santa Maria Times, a story on a lawsuit filed against a high school for allegedly refusing to play against a girls’ football player. Eric Sondheimer Columnist, Los Angeles Times, 4 Oct. 2021 The judges who initially ruled on the lawsuit split it into two separate issues, and the portion that the Supreme Court opined on was specifically about the District’s right to representation in the House of Representatives. Washington Post, 4 Oct. 2021 Hot Air Balloonatics declined to comment on the lawsuit. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, 30 Sep. 2021 The company has declined comment on a class-action lawsuit filed by investors in Tennessee over how the automaker's share price has dropped. Yuri Kageyama, ajc, 29 Sep. 2021 Secretary of State John Merrill did not have a comment on the lawsuit. al, 28 Sep. 2021 Two nights later, the restaurant's bar manager excitedly greeted me with word that a local news outlet had just broken a story on the former housekeeper's lawsuit. Elijah Nouvelage For Cnn, CNN, 26 Sep. 2021 Jones and her attorney declined to comment on the lawsuit as of Thursday. Brayden Garcia, Dallas News, 24 Sep. 2021 Mary Trump could not immediately be reached for comment on the lawsuit., 22 Sep. 2021

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First Known Use of lawsuit

1624, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of lawsuit was in 1624

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13 Oct 2021

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“Lawsuit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 20 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of lawsuit

: a process by which a court of law makes a decision to end a disagreement between people or organizations


law·​suit | \ ˈlȯ-ˌsüt How to pronounce lawsuit (audio) \

Kids Definition of lawsuit

: a process by which a dispute between people or organizations is decided in court She lost the lawsuit against her doctor.



Legal Definition of lawsuit

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

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