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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Synonyms for lawsuit


action, proceeding, suit

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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

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Louisville's police union has filed a lawsuit against Metro Government over the Louisville Metro Police Department allegedly refusing to fill an open sergeant position in the time frame set in state law. Darcy Costello, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville police union files lawsuit telling LMPD to fill promotional openings on time," 7 June 2019 The fan’s wife, Jennifer Bueno, later filed a lawsuit against the team, the players and the security firm employed by the A’s. Megan Mccluskey, Time, "A Look Back at 5 Memorable Player-Fan Altercations in Major League Sports," 7 June 2019 Surviving the incident, DeCarlo filed a lawsuit in U.S. District Court last year through the law offices of Stanley Goff. Nate Gartrell, The Mercury News, "Vallejo seeks to delay federal lawsuit case against police officers," 6 June 2019 West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey filed a lawsuit in March accusing the diocese and Bransfield of knowingly employing pedophiles and failing to conduct adequate background checks on camp and school workers. Washington Post, "Diocese: Ex-bishop used sexual innuendo toward subordinates," 6 June 2019 The Rocky Mountain Gun Owners and other gun rights advocates filed a lawsuit in 2016 alleging that the law was unconstitutional. Elise Schmelzer, The Denver Post, "30 Colorado sheriffs join opposition to gun magazine ban facing challenge in state Supreme Court," 6 June 2019 The city has filed a lawsuit against offenders who owe more than $10,000 in judgments or unpaid fines, the release said. Madeline Holcombe, CNN, "46 ice cream trucks are being seized in a New York City crackdown," 6 June 2019 The Brackeens originally filed the lawsuit because language in the act suggests that Zachary’s adoption might be revocable for two years. Jan Hoffman, New York Times, "Who Can Adopt a Native American Child? A Texas Couple vs. 573 Tribes," 5 June 2019 Tifanei Ressl-Moyer, an attorney at Disability Rights California, one of groups that filed the lawsuit, previously told The Sacramento Bee. sacbee, "Funds to fix ‘inhumane’ jail conditions added in Sacramento County’s $4.4 billion budget plan," 4 June 2019

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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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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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