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

  • adj. Law Pronounced or decided during the course of an action or suit and merely temporary or provisional in nature: an interlocutory decree.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Of or pertaining to dialogue or conversation.
  • adj. Interjected into something spoken.
  • adj. Expressed during a legal action that awaits final decision.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to legal action that is temporary or provisional.
  • n. A person engaged in a conversation, an interlocutor.
  • n. Interpolated discussion or dialogue.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Consisting of, or having the nature of, dialogue; conversational.
  • adj. Intermediate; not final or definitive; made or done during the progress of an action.
  • n. Interpolated discussion or dialogue.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Consisting in or partaking of the character of dialogue; pertaining to, characterized by, or participating in conversation; conversational: as, interlocutory instruction; an interlocutory encounter.
  • Spoken intermediately; interjected into the main course of speech; specifically, in law, uttered or promulgated incidentally; not determinative or final in purport: as, an interlocutory argument; an interlocutory order, decree, or judgment (that is, one relating to a particular question or point in a case, but not to the final issue).
  • In law, intermediately transacted; taking place apart from the main course of a cause.

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

  • adj. consisting of dialogue


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  • The discourse in interlocutory; as Peter in the foregoing chapter, so Thomas, and Philip, and Jude, in this interposed their thoughts upon what he said, according to the liberty he was pleased to allow them.

    Commentary on the Whole Bible Volume V (Matthew to John)

  • They're objecting to everything, entering what are called interlocutory appeals.

    CNN Transcript May 17, 2007

  • He throws a copy of this at the Master, and the Master tries to get the hang of it while the bear is snarling; but the other bear is by now beside himself with rage, and he begins putting in what are called interlocutory snarls, so that the Master gets terribly confused, though he doesn't let on.

    Punch, or the London Charivari, Vol. 158, 1920-04-25

  • Marcus Aurelius tried the plan of probationary marriages; and to offset this he also introduced the Augustinian plan of probationary divorces -- that is, the interlocutory decree.

    Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great Philosophers, Volume 8

  • There can be a so-called interlocutory appeal if the courts permit. -- Top News

  • The SEC opposes Tourre's request for a so-called interlocutory appeal, having argued in September 12 court papers that the circumstances were not unusual enough to warrant one.

  • In a US court, this sort of decision would be termed "interlocutory" and would ordinarily not be appealable without first going to trial on the remaining issues.

    What Should Simon Singh Do Next?

  • The case was "interlocutory" (legalspeak for not yet final -- it had been sent back to the trial court for a hearing under the standard set by the court of appeals), and the Supreme Court is reluctant to take cases in that posture.

    Talking Points Memo

  • We could NOT appeal Blackburn's new trial order as a matter of right because new trial orders are unconstitutionally deemed "interlocutory".

    Denver Post: News: Breaking: Local

  • The applicant party will have notified the respondent party of the making of the order ex parte (and the order will bind the respondent forthwith) as well as giving notification of the date and time for the making of the "interlocutory" application.

    McGarr Solicitors - Dublin Solicitors Ireland


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