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 On Thursday, Issa quietly dropped his lawsuit, agreeing with Newsom’s attorneys that the suit was now moot. John Wildermuth,, "California Republicans drop suits against governor’s plan to send mail ballots," 11 July 2020 The family also said in its lawsuit that Wiles did not receive appropriate PPE. Jean Casarez, CNN, "Wrongful death lawsuit filed against long-term care facility over staffer's Covid-19 death," 10 July 2020 Her statement, filed in Britain’s High Court, claims the newspaper has threatened to publish the names of the five women who spoke to People Magazine anonymously but are named in confidential court documents as part of her lawsuit. Washington Post, "Meghan tries to prevent ‘friends’ being named in suit," 9 July 2020 Cook said in her lawsuit that many employees didn’t receive any wages for June or July. Kevin Krause, Dallas News, "Irving-based firm shutters without warning while working on a major COVID-19 study," 9 July 2020 But the judge declined to dismiss the core complaint of her lawsuit. Maria Puente, USA TODAY, "Duchess Meghan felt 'unprotected' by monarchy from negative media, she says in court papers," 3 July 2020 Gardner also filed her own lawsuit against city officials in January under a federal law passed to curb the violence of the Ku Klux Klan following the Civil War. Fox News, "Who is Kimberly Gardner, St. Louis prosecutor investigating gun-toting couple?," 30 June 2020 What does the former Cuyahoga County budget director say is the reason she was fired in her lawsuit filed this week in federal court? cleveland, "Did a Black Lives Matter protest in Cleveland May 30th cause coronavirus cases to surge? This Week in the CLE," 30 June 2020 Enbridge sued, and Nessel appealed after the company won its lawsuit. Bruce Walker, Washington Examiner, "Citing ‘damaged anchor support,’ Enbridge closes Line 5 pipeline," 22 June 2020

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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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1 Aug 2020

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“Lawsuit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Aug. 2020.

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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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