next friend

noun

Definition of next friend 

: a person admitted to or appointed by a court to act for the benefit of a person (such as an infant) lacking full legal capacity

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1579, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of next friend was in 1579

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next friend

noun

Legal Definition of next friend 

: a person appearing in or appointed by a court to act on behalf of a person (as a child) lacking legal capacity

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