The party in a civil law case who brings the action in a court of law. See also defendant.
Other Word Forms of Plaintiff
Origin of Plaintiff
From Middle English plaintif, from Old French plaintif (“complaining; as a noun, one who complains, a plaintiff") from the verb plaindre. See plaintive.
Middle English plaintif from Anglo-Norman pleintif from Old French plaintif aggrieved plaintive
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
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