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

  • n. The act of joining.
  • n. Law A joining of causes of action or defense in a suit.
  • n. Law A joining of parties in a suit.
  • n. Law Formal acceptance of an issue offered.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The joining a litigant to a suit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of joining; a putting together; conjunction.
  • n.
  • n. A joining of parties as plaintiffs or defendants in a suit.
  • n. Acceptance of an issue tendered in law or fact.
  • n. A joining of causes of action or defense in civil suits or criminal prosecutions.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A joining; conjunction.
  • n. In law: The coupling or joining of two causes of action in a suit against another: called more fully joinder of action.
  • n. The coupling of two or more persons together as defendants.
  • n. The acceptance by a party to an action of the point of controversy put in his adversary's previous pleading: called joinder in demurrer if the previous pleading was a demurrer, joinder of issue if it was an allegation of fact.


From French joindre, to join, from Old French; see join.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin iungō ("join"), through Old French joindre: to join (Wiktionary)



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