out of court


: without going to court : without a lawsuit
They were able to settle/resolve the case out of court.

Examples of out of court in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Guilfoyle has been the subject of at least 13 malpractice lawsuits, 12 of which were settled out of court; one was dismissed. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, 24 Apr. 2023 Last year, the county filed a motion to have the lawsuit tossed out of court. Keri Blakinger, Los Angeles Times, 4 May 2023 Booz Allen denied the accusation and settled the case out of court. By Jessica Guynn, Jayme Fraser and Nick Penzenstadler, Usa Today and Will Evans, Reveal, USA TODAY, 28 Apr. 2023 That decision led to a two-year-long legal dispute with the Trump Organization, which the parties settled out of court in April 2017. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 9 Feb. 2023 The court also noted that any potential for juror bias could be solved in the voir dire process and by an instruction from the court for the jurors not to read out of court commentary. Cincinnati Enquirer, The Enquirer, 19 Jan. 2023 Singer has been sued multiple times since 1997, though all lawsuits have either been dropped or settled out of court. Nick Romano, EW.com, 5 Jan. 2023 The lawsuits were settled out of court in Miami in 2021, but that difficult period also coincided with the pandemic and lots of uncertainty in the world. Julyssa Lopez, Rolling Stone, 16 Dec. 2022 Instead, the case has quietly settled out of court, Fortune is the first to report. Maria Aspan, Fortune, 2 May 2023 See More

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“Out of court.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/out%20of%20court. Accessed 4 Mar. 2024.

Legal Definition


: not made under oath or affirmation as part of a judicial proceeding (as a trial or deposition)
an out-of-court statement
: not made or done as part of a judicial proceeding
an out-of-court settlement
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