What does plaintiff mean?

Definitions for plaintiff
ˈpleɪn tɪfplain·tiff

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. plaintiff, complainant(noun)

    a person who brings an action in a court of law


  1. plaintiff(Noun)

    A party bringing a suit in civil law against a defendant; accusers.

  2. Origin: From plaintif, from plaintif from the verb plaindre. See plaintive.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Plaintiff(noun)

    one who commences a personal action or suit to obtain a remedy for an injury to his rights; -- opposed to defendant

  2. Plaintiff(adj)

    see Plaintive

  3. Origin: [F. plaintif making complaint, plaintive; in Old French equiv. to plaignant complainant, prosecutor, fr. plaindre. See Plaint, and cf. Plaintive.]


  1. Plaintiff

    A plaintiff, also known as a claimant or complainant, is the term used in some jurisdictions for the party who initiates a lawsuit before a court. In other words, someone who tries to sue. By doing so, the plaintiff seeks a legal remedy, and if successful, the court will issue judgment in favor of the plaintiff and make the appropriate court order. In some jurisdictions the commencement of a lawsuit is done by filing a summons, claim form and/or a complaint. These documents are known as pleadings, that set forth the alleged wrongs committed by the defendant or defendants with a demand for relief. In other jurisdictions the action is commenced by service of legal process by delivery of these documents on the defendant by a process server; they are only filed with the court subsequently with an affidavit from the process server that they had been given to the defendant according to the rules of civil procedure. Not all lawsuits are plenary actions, involving a full trial on the merits of the case. There are also simplified procedures, often called proceedings, in which the parties are termed petitioner instead of plaintiff, and respondent instead of defendant. There are also cases that do not technically involve two sides, such as petitions for specific statutory relief that require judicial approval; in those cases there are no respondents, just a petitioner.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plaintiff' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3392

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plaintiff' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2764

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'plaintiff' in Nouns Frequency: #1141

How to pronounce plaintiff?

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How to say plaintiff in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of plaintiff in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of plaintiff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of plaintiff in a Sentence

  1. Cicero:

    When you have no basis of argument, abuse the plaintiff.

  2. Moez Kaba:

    No one disputes that the plaintiff's situation was unfortunate.

  3. William Shakespeare:

    Thou shalt be both the plaintiff and the judge of thine own cause.

  4. Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel:

    In a way very similar how a plaintiff’s lawyer on contingency would do it.

  5. Master Sanderson:

    This structure does not guarantee the plaintiff A$3 million. There is a real prospect she might get nothing.

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