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

Wiktionary

  1. plaintiff(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From plaintif, from plaintif from the verb plaindre. See plaintive.

Wikipedia

  1. Plaintiff

    A plaintiff (Π in legal shorthand) is the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court. By doing so, the plaintiff seeks a legal remedy; if this search is successful, the court will issue judgment in favor of the plaintiff and make the appropriate court order (e.g., an order for damages). "Plaintiff" is the term used in civil cases in most English-speaking jurisdictions, the notable exception being England and Wales, where a plaintiff has, since the introduction of the Civil Procedure Rules in 1999, been known as a "claimant", but that term also has other meanings. In criminal cases, the prosecutor brings the case against the defendant, but the key complaining party is often called the "complainant". In some jurisdictions, a lawsuit is commenced by filing a summons, claim form 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.

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

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

  2. Plaintiff(adj)

    see Plaintive

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

Freebase

  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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Numerology

  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. Erin Ranahan:

    In particular, we are seeking specifics on what copyrights CBS/Paramount alleges have been infringed, and which plaintiff claims to own which of those copyrights, with respect to the not yet made film, we are also challenging whether it is premature to claim infringement on a movie that is not done, and in fact, the script is being reworked in light of the lawsuit.

  3. Nicholas Dirks:

    While I disagree with the plaintiff's claims and allegations, and will defend against them, I am unfortunately unable to comment on the substance of the lawsuit, however, I can say that I cooperated fully with, and take extremely seriously, the University's confidential investigation into this matter and ensuing sanction. I will continue to cooperate fully with the University as matters unfold.

  4. Michael Jones:

    I would be concerned if I sent an employee to a high risk region, if that claim gets in front of a jury, you're going to be looking at a very sympathetic plaintiff.

  5. Ducks International:

    Plaintiff (Harris) has been rendered nervous by the incident, (He) has suffered anxiety of body and mind and has suffered emotional upset and loss of enjoyment of life, has suffered on going inability to sleep, horrific nightmares, distress, trauma, and post traumatic stress.

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