lawsuit

noun
law·​suit | \ ˈlȯ-ˌsüt \

Definition of lawsuit

: a suit in law : a case before a court

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Synonyms for lawsuit

Synonyms

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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Though several high-profile lawsuits have suggested a link between ovarian cancer and talc use, science is not decided in a court of law. Tara C. Smith, SELF, "How Worried Do You Need to Be About Asbestos in Baby Powder and Other Talc Products?," 31 Jan. 2019 In November, the National Rifle Association and the Second Amendment Foundation filed a joint lawsuit in U.S. District Court challenging the constitutionality of I-1639. Phil Ferolito, The Seattle Times, "Drawing a line: Klickitat County sheriff says he won’t enforce Washington’s new gun law," 30 Jan. 2019 Taylor Swift has come out on top in a real estate lawsuit, according to The Real Deal. Maya Mcdowell, House Beautiful, "Taylor Swift Just Won A $1 Million Legal Battle Against An New York City Real Estate Company," 25 Jan. 2019 The release of Covey’s name came one day after Roberson’s mother amended a wrongful death lawsuit filed last year. P.r. Lockhart, Vox, "A black security guard caught a shooting suspect — only to be shot by police minutes later," 23 Jan. 2019 There is a handsome living to be made these days for attorneys skilled in the art of image control, including preemptively shutting down unfavorable media coverage by threatening journalists or their sources with ruinous lawsuits. Ben Widdicombe, Town & Country, "How Much Does It Cost to Keep Your Name Out of the News?," 18 Jan. 2019 Around the same time, Uber settled a major lawsuit with Waymo, which had accused Uber of stealing its proprietary technology. Alissa Walker, Curbed, "The good, the bad, and the ugly of self-driving cars in 2018," 27 Dec. 2018 For example, if a Santa incorrectly accuses a parent of inappropriate behavior, based only on what the little one tells him during their short time together, that actor is putting himself at risk for a lawsuit. Ann Votaw, Marie Claire, "I Went to the Harvard of Santa Schools to Become Mrs. Claus," 20 Dec. 2018 First and foremost, some ex-employees have leveled a class action lawsuit against Telltale for violating California's WARN Act—firing everyone without the requisite 60 days notice. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "This week in games: The Xbox 360 controller's continued dominance, Ace Attorney on PC, and The Crew 2's free weekend," 28 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of lawsuit

1624, in the meaning defined above

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lawsuit

noun

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

lawsuit

noun
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.

lawsuit

noun
law·​suit

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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