American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. Law The party that institutes a suit in a court.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In law, the person who begins a suit before a tribunal for the recovery of a claim: opposed to defendant.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Law) One who commences a personal action or suit to obtain a remedy for an injury to his rights; -- opposed to
- adj. obsolete See plaintive.
- n. a person who brings an action in a court of law
- From Middle English plaintif, from Old French plaintif ("complaining; as a noun, one who complains, a plaintiff") from the verb plaindre. See plaintive. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English plaintif, from Anglo-Norman pleintif, from Old French plaintif, aggrieved; see plaintive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“That defendant gave to A. twelvepence to pay plaintiff in fuU/atisfaaiom, which plaintiff* received.”
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“Kristin Perry, 45, is the title plaintiff in the case registered on legal dockets as Perry v. Schwarzenegger.”
“When a plaintiff is able to prove defamation per se, damages are presumed, but the presumption is rebuttable.”
“Nonetheless, the underlying rationale of Hustler, and especially of the passage quoted above, applies to all speech on matters of public concern — whether the plaintiff is a public figure or a private figure, and whether the speech is about a public figure, a private figure, or no particular person atall.”
“In 1656, in the “Court of trials of the Colony of Providence Plantations,” in an “action … of detenew for detaining certaine … horsis and mares,” the court “fownd in the Plaintifs declaration a Verball oversight”; the word plaintiff “should have beine writ defendant.””
“The most a judge should award the plaintiff is the amount it would cost a person who lost the same CD from a rental store.”
“This case had already been tried at the last Court Session, and the protocols of the former suit are being read; therefore one learns that the plaintiff is a poor farmer's daughter and the defendant is a married man.”
“Therefore, the "plaintiff" is society/the state and not the victim.”
“The other named plaintiff is a California resident who bought StarCaps for over four years because it was represented as an all-natural dietary supplement.”
“The lead plaintiff is a pension fund that purchased shares of Swiss Re's common stock on a foreign exchange.”
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