wrongful death

noun

Definition of wrongful death

: a death caused by the negligent, willful, or wrongful act, neglect, omission, or default of another

Examples of wrongful death in a Sentence

She filed a wrongful death suit against the hospital, alleging that its negligence led to her daughter's death.
Recent Examples on the Web The mother of a 10-year-old girl alleged to have died after taking part in a viral social media challenge last December has launched a wrongful death lawsuit against TikTok and its parent company, ByteDance. Chantal Da Silva, NBC News, 13 May 2022 This started out to be a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Marisa against me for killing her husband. CBS News, 7 May 2022 Nichole Schmidt, Gabby Petito's mother, filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the curator of the estate of Brian Laundrie in Florida. Stephanie Wenger, PEOPLE.com, 6 May 2022 The mother of Gabby Petito has filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the estate of Brian Laundrie in the latest legal action stemming from the homicide. Meredith Deliso, ABC News, 6 May 2022 The earlier wrongful death lawsuit is set to go to trial next week. Cheri Mossburg And Taylor Romine, CNN, 6 May 2022 Nichole Schmidt, the mother of deceased Gabby Petito, on Friday filed a new wrongful death lawsuit in Florida against the curator of the estate of deceased Brian Laundrie. Laura Ingle, Fox News, 6 May 2022 The settlement marks the end of a wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Bowen Levy in January 2021. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Soulemane's mother has a pending wrongful death lawsuit against North and other officers who were at the scene. Dave Collins, ajc, 3 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of wrongful death

1952, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of wrongful death was in 1952

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15 May 2022

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“Wrongful death.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wrongful%20death. Accessed 20 May. 2022.

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wrongful death

noun

Legal Definition of wrongful death

: a death caused by the negligent, willful, or wrongful act, neglect, omission, or default of another sought damages for the wrongful death of their murdered daughter

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