Origin of plaintiffMiddle English plaintif from OFr, mournful, making complaint from plaindre from plainte: see plaint
The definition of a plaintiff is someone who brings a lawsuit against someone into court.
An example of a plaintiff is a wife filing for divorce.
The party that institutes a suit in a court.
Origin of plaintiffMiddle English plaintif from Anglo-Norman pleintif from Old French plaintif aggrieved ; see plaintive .
plaintiff - Legal Definition
- In the case of a lawsuit the plaintiff preferred his own plea.
- The plaintiff having made his demand and waited a certain time without result, went and sat without food before the door of the defendant.
- The plaintiff must be a resident of the state for two years before filing a petition for a divorce.
- Among its members we find an Erni Winkelried acting as a witness to a contract of sale on the 1st of May 1367, while the same man, or perhaps another member of the family, Erni von Winkelried, is plaintiff in a suit at Stans on the 29th of September 1389, and in 1417 is the landamman (or head man) of Unterwalden, being then called Arnold Winkelriet.
- A plaintiff must reside in the state one year before filing an application for a divorce.