What does lawsuit mean?

Definitions for lawsuit

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lawsuit.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. lawsuit, suit, case, cause, causanoun

    a comprehensive term for any proceeding in a court of law whereby an individual seeks a legal remedy

    "the family brought suit against the landlord"


  1. lawsuitnoun

    In civil law, a case where two or more people disagree and one or more of the parties take the case to a court for resolution.

    The lawyer advised his client against filing a lawsuit as it would take a lot of time and money to resolve.

  2. Etymology: law + suit

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Lawsuitnoun

    A process in law; a litigation.

    Etymology: law and suit.

    The giving the priest a right to the tithe would produce lawsuits and wrangles; his necessary attendance on the courts of justice would leave his people without a spiritual guide. Jonathan Swift, Proposal.


  1. lawsuit

    A lawsuit is a legal action or proceeding taken by a person, group, or entity against another in a court of law, over a dispute or claim of wrongdoing or breach of duty. It is a civil legal process whereby the plaintiff seeks a legal remedy and the defendant is required to respond to the plaintiff's complaint.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lawsuitnoun

    an action at law; a suit in equity or admiralty; any legal proceeding before a court for the enforcement of a claim


  1. Lawsuit

    A lawsuit or "suit in law" is a civil action brought in a court of law in which a plaintiff, a party who claims to have incurred loss as a result of a defendant's actions, demands a legal or equitable remedy. The defendant is required to respond to the plaintiff's complaint. If the plaintiff is successful, judgment is in the plaintiff's favor, and a variety of court orders may be issued to enforce a right, award damages, or impose a temporary or permanent injunction to prevent an act or compel an act. A declaratory judgment may be issued to prevent future legal disputes. A lawsuit may involve dispute resolution of private law issues between individuals, business entities or non-profit organizations. A lawsuit may also enable the state to be treated as if it were a private party in a civil case, as plaintiff, or defendant regarding an injury, or may provide the state with a civil cause of action to enforce certain laws. The conduct of a lawsuit is called litigation. One who has a tendency to litigate rather than seek non-judicial remedies is called litigious. The plaintiffs and defendants are called litigants and the attorneys representing them are called litigators.

Matched Categories

How to pronounce lawsuit?

How to say lawsuit in sign language?


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of lawsuit in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of lawsuit in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of lawsuit in a Sentence

  1. Eric Bland:

    They trusted Alex Murdaugh, alex Murdaugh hand-walked them to Alex Murdaugh best friend and college roommate to bring a lawsuit against Alex Murdaugh on behalf of the estate.

  2. Susan Sommer:

    This lawsuit reflects the frustration and indignities lesbian and gay people endure because state laws and insurance rules continue to presume the only parents are heterosexual parents.

  3. Julia Clark:

    We are constantly faced with having to be the voice for equity on campus and we don't necessarily see that reflected within our administration or within our campus systems, i hope( Brown's lawsuit) forces both the administration and specifically Kenan Flagler Business School and other schools at this university to not only reflect how they are treating their Black students but what they can do better.

  4. Josh Hawley:

    Josh Hawley signed on to a lawsuit to get rid of every consumer protection in the law that you have against health insurance companies, including the most important one, the notion that you can still get insurance if you'd been sick before.

  5. Ross Garber:

    Congress can subpoena the information Mueller has collected, but faces huge hurdles in getting it, it would have to file a civil lawsuit, which would take a long time to get through the court system, likely many years.

Popularity rank by frequency of use


Translations for lawsuit

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for lawsuit »


Find a translation for the lawsuit definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:


"lawsuit." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 27 May 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/lawsuit>.

Discuss these lawsuit definitions with the community:


    Are we missing a good definition for lawsuit? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net


    Are you a words master?

    a feeling of strong eagerness (usually in favor of a person or cause)
    A sweep
    B ignominy
    C snap
    D elan

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for lawsuit: