next friend


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

First Known Use of next friend

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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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