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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The lawsuit was filed in January against several Columbus police officers., "Five Columbus police officers face discipline for arrest of Stormy Daniels in strip club raid," 1 Aug. 2019 The lawsuit was filed to intimidate and smear my name and my reputation. Jeanne Houck,, "Judge dismisses Madeira lawsuit to stop critic from repeatedly suing city," 1 Aug. 2019 But this time the lawsuit was filed by Republicans, rather than Democrats or those aligned with them. Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Republican lawmakers sue Democratic attorney general in fifth lame-duck lawsuit," 1 Aug. 2019 The lawsuit seeking to toss Prop B was filed in November last year by the Houston Police Officers' Union, who also sued the city. Jasper Scherer, Houston Chronicle, "Turner, firefighters set for third try at mediation to resolve pay dispute," 31 July 2019 The class-action lawsuit was filed by Al Otro Lado, an organization that provides legal services to migrants, and 13 individual asylum-seekers in the U.S. District Court of the Southern District of California. Daniella Silva, NBC News, "Judge lets asylum-seekers lawsuit to continue against Trump administration," 30 July 2019 The lawsuit was filed by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission in June 2018 against G2 Corp., which operates as Screen Tight, which manufactures screen doors. Kara Carlson, Dallas News, "Screen door maker agrees to pay $55,000 to settle Texas sexual harassment case," 30 July 2019 The lawsuit was filed in Clackamas County Circuit Court., "Dr. Darm, known for his commercials on Portland TV, kept hair clippings in office safe, spoke of poisonings, lawsuit claims," 29 July 2019 The lawsuit was filed back in April 2017 for $1 million and also has Magnolia Realty, Scripps Network, and High Noon Productions listed as defendants. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "Chip Gaines Was Just Ordered By a Judge to Give a Deposition in a Civil Suit," 29 July 2019

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First Known Use of lawsuit

1624, in the meaning defined above

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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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