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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adv. Law From or on one side only, with the other side absent or unrepresented: testified ex parte; an ex parte hearing.
  • adv. From a one-sided or strongly biased point of view.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of, relating to, or characteristic of a proceeding where one of the involved parties is not present.
  • adv. In the manner of a proceeding where one of the involved parties is not, (or sometimes may not be) present

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Upon or from one side only; one-sided; partial.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In law, proceeding from or concerned with only one part or side of a matter in question: with reference to any step taken by or on behalf of one of the parties to a suit or in any judicial proceeding without notice to the other: as, an ex-parte application; an ex-parte hearing; ex-parte evidence.
  • n. With reference to or in connection with only one of the parties concerned: as, the respondent being absent, the case was proceeded with ex parte.

Etymologies

Latin : ex, from + parte, ablative of pars, part, side.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin "from [one] part" (Wiktionary)

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  • “Tuesday’s filing said the now-deceased Judge Laurence J. Rittenband, who handled the case, intentionally violated a plea agreement with Mr. Polanski after having engaged in what it called ‘repeated unethical and unlawful ex parte communications’ with a deputy district attorney who was not involved in the prosecution, but was independently advising the judge.�?

    The New York Times, Polanski Asks Court to Dismiss Child-Sex Charge, by Michael Cieply, December 2, 2008

    December 3, 2008