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 Twenty other states and the District of Columbia have also joined the lawsuit. oregonlive, "Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum ambivalent on issues that drove Portland protests. Here’s why Oregonians are likely to reelect her," 21 Oct. 2020 The league was forced to reconsider its position after enduring substantial backlash, including protests, a lawsuit and pressure from the President of the United States. Rainer Sabin, Detroit Free Press, "4 big questions for the Big Ten during unprecedented season," 21 Oct. 2020 The family has filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against the city of Southfield and the four first responders who attended to Beauchamp. NBC News, "Woman, who was declared dead but found alive at a funeral home, dies at a Detroit hospital," 21 Oct. 2020 The family has filed a $50 million federal lawsuit against the city of Southfield and the four first responders who attended to Beauchamp. CBS News, "Michigan woman dies 2 months after being found alive at funeral home," 21 Oct. 2020 The movement was further stalled by Elsheikh’s mother filing a lawsuit over the U.K.-U.S. cooperation. Hollie Mckay, Fox News, "Bringing the 'ISIS Beatles' to justice in US courts: Behind the complex mission," 21 Oct. 2020 But, in September, Montana Native Vote and the American Civil Liberties Union of Montana won a lawsuit striking down the ballot-collection law; a few days later, the state prevailed against the G.O.P. on the question of mail-in voting. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, "The Montana Voters Who Could Decide Control of the Senate," 21 Oct. 2020 Four years later, the city and state paid his family $1 million to settle a federal lawsuit alleging police misconduct and excessive force. Phillip Jackson,, "Tawanda Jones, Kelly Davis and other Baltimore women have turned their pain into protest," 21 Oct. 2020 Like the first film, the new one has already sparked a lawsuit, by a Holocaust survivor named Judith Dim Evans who has since passed away; Baron Cohen dedicates the film to her, and the sentiment appears to be entirely sincere. Leah Greenblatt,, "Borat Subsequent Moviefilm is brilliantly uncomfortable and perfectly timed: Review," 21 Oct. 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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24 Oct 2020

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“Lawsuit.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 Oct. 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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