Plaintiff meaning

plāntĭf
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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.

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The party that institutes a suit in a court.
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The party in a civil law case who brings the action in a court of law. See also defendant.
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A person who brings a suit into a court of law; complainant.
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Archaic. See appellant.
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(law) A party bringing a suit in civil law against a defendant; accusers.
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Origin of plaintiff

  • Middle English plaintif from Anglo-Norman pleintif from Old French plaintif aggrieved plaintive

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English plaintif, from Old French plaintif (“complaining; as a noun, one who complains, a plaintiff") from the verb plaindre. See plaintive.

    From Wiktionary