law·​suit | \ˈlȯ-ˌsüt \

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 education department has not shared the audit’s findings with the plaintiffs in the lawsuits. Ken Sweet, The Seattle Times, "AP Exclusive: Gov’t questions unfair student loan practices," 21 Nov. 2018 Five hundred is a staggering number of accusations, covered in nearly 100 lawsuits, yet many Americans know little or nothing about the case. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Inside the USC Sexual Abuse Scandal: Three Women Tell Their Stories," 26 Oct. 2018 The show cost him a lawsuit, where the owner sued Ja Rule for filming and throwing a 600-guest party. Danielle Tullo, House Beautiful, "5 Times MTV Cribs Totally Lied To Us," 27 Aug. 2018 The plaintiffs in this case—one of several related lawsuits playing out across the country—argued that asbestos in some of the brand’s baby and body powders led them to develop ovarian cancer. Elizabeth Inglese, Vogue, "Why Johnson & Johnson’s $4.7 Billion Baby Powder Lawsuit Is Important for Women Everywhere," 13 July 2018 Bandlow says the company isn't interested in revealing John Doe names or making money from the lawsuits, just in reducing copyright infringement. Adiel Kaplan, miamiherald, "The Steven Spielberg of porn sues to make Floridians stop pirating his raunchy videos," 12 July 2018 In documents filed with the court in a related lawsuit, Mexico’s National Chamber of Fisheries and Aquaculture Industries argued that the protection act lacks the authority to impose an emergency ban on foreign fish products. Louis Sahagun,, "To save the world's rarest marine mammal, conservationists seek ban on Mexican seafood imports," 11 July 2018 The group's lawsuit, dismissed in Oakland County Circuit Court last year, aimed to block the city from closing the big parking area that for more than half a century backed up a row of Main Street eateries. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, "Royal Oak mayor: We must avoid pricing residents out of housing market," 11 July 2018 The lawyer – who's become something of a celebrity critic of President Trump – was criticized by the commander-in-chief last week after a federal judge tossed out a defamation lawsuit brought by Avenatti. Greg Norman | Fox News, Fox News, "Michael Avenatti ordered by judge to hand over $4.85 million in back pay to attorney at his former law firm," 23 Oct. 2018

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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 \

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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