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 third path was to file a federal lawsuit, as New York Governor Andrew Cuomo had secured the high-profile law firm of Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld to represent the mother. Pamela Ren Larson, azcentral, "Guatemalan mother regains custody of her children after 54 days apart," 13 July 2018 The Globe also filed a lawsuit against Sargent days after her posting, seeking to use a clause in her separation agreement with the company to compel her to answer questions about the text exchange, including when it was sent. Michael Levenson,, "Former staffer questions investigation," 13 July 2018 The American Civil Liberties Union filed a lawsuit on behalf of a woman who had been separated from her child, and U.S. District Court Judge Dana Sabraw ordered all children reunited with their parents. Colleen Long,, "Trump administration says eligible migrant children reunited with families, but some parents already deported," 12 July 2018 Gun owner groups filed a lawsuit Wednesday against state Atty. Patrick Mcgreevy,, "California gun owners couldn't meet registration deadline due to state computer crashes, suit claims," 11 July 2018 But the Florida Greyhound Association, which includes greyhound owners and trainers, has filed a lawsuit in Leon County circuit court seeking to block the ballot measure., "Animal-rights groups contribute $200K to ban greyhound racing," 10 July 2018 But a growing movement on the far right seeks to exclude undocumented immigrants from being counted during reapportionment; Alabama’s Republican secretary of state filed a lawsuit in May seeking to do exactly that. Michael Wines, New York Times, "Why Was a Citizenship Question Put on the Census? ‘Bad Faith,’ a Judge Suggests," 10 July 2018 Opponents seeking to block construction of a Hillcrest high-rise apartment building have filed a lawsuit contending the project would damage community character and worsen traffic congestion. David Garrick,, "Opponents sue to block Hillcrest high-rise over community character concerns," 10 July 2018 Environmental groups, including Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility, and others filed the lawsuit June 28 in Washington. Janet Mcconnaughey, The Seattle Times, "Suit: Louisiana black bear needs renewed federal protection," 9 July 2018

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First Known Use of lawsuit

1624, in the meaning defined above

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file/initiate a lawsuit

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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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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