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.
- After several days' trial, during which Cullen was submitted to a very close examination, the verdict was given for the plaintiff with 4d.
- The plaintiff must be a resident of the state for two years before filing a petition for a divorce.
- A plaintiff must reside in the state one year before filing an application for a divorce.