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  • n. A fictitious name used in the legal documents for an unknown or anonymous male person.
  • n. Any unknown or anonymous male person.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. the name formerly given to the fictitious plaintiff in an action of ejectment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a hypothetical average man
  • n. an unknown or fictitious man who is a party to legal proceedings


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  • SALT LAKE CITY Reuters - Police in Utah identified a mystery man on Tuesday who was arrested on minor charges and sat in a jail under the name "John Doe" for over three weeks because he would not reveal his true identity.

    Yahoo! News: Business - Opinion

  • In other words, a suitable function might turn the name "John Doe" into "987634A65F45665DDA."

    Ars Technica

  • The lawsuit, filed in Nodaway County Circuit Court under the name John Doe 48, seeks unspecified damages. Front Page

  • "You've been watching too many movies," a debt collector for Vernace tells someone identified as John Doe, who is worried for his safety after falling behind on repaying a

    The Seattle Times

  • The victim will be referred to as "John Doe" going forward.

    Breaking News: CBS News

  • It asked a San Francisco court to allow the IRS to serve a so-called John Doe summons against the U.K. bank's U.S. unit, HSBC USA, to get the names of its U.S. clients with Indian accounts.

    U.S. Targets HSBC Over Secret Indian Bank Accounts

  • In 1997, while she was still a trial judge, Sotomayor recused herself from hearing a case called John Doe v. City of New York, on the ground that she had "personal knowledge regarding the claims."

    The Diabetic Jailbird

  • But Mr. Branson also used his appearance to offer an explanation of why UBS is fighting the separate civil-court proceeding, called a John Doe summons, under which U.S. tax authorities are seeking to identify thousands of other account holders.

    UBS, Extending Its Shake-Up, Ousts Kurer

  • But, two, we've got an agreement with the House now on that, and both -- the bill that we adopted last night and the conference report that will be adopted by the House next week, I believe, have entered a so-called John Doe civil immunity.

    CNN Transcript Jul 27, 2007

  • For example, let me give you an example, we found a link, a possible link, between a group of Iraqi emigres, one of those who had been identified as John Doe two, and we found a link between that and the first World Trade Center attack.

    CNN Transcript Dec 28, 2006


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