from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Law The party that institutes a suit in a court.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A party bringing a suit in civil law against a defendant; accusers.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. One who commences a personal action or suit to obtain a remedy for an injury to his rights; -- opposed to
- adj. See plaintive.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a person who brings an action in a court of law
Middle English plaintif, from Anglo-Norman pleintif, from Old French plaintif, aggrieved; see plaintive.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English plaintif, from Old French plaintif ("complaining; as a noun, one who complains, a plaintiff") from the verb plaindre. See plaintive. (Wiktionary)