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plain·tiff

 (plān′tĭf)
n. Law
The party that institutes a suit in a court.

[Middle English plaintif, from Anglo-Norman pleintif, from Old French plaintif, aggrieved; see plaintive.]

plaintiff

(ˈpleɪntɪf)
n
(Law) (formerly) a person who brings a civil action in a court of law. Now replaced by: claimant Compare defendant1
[C14: from legal French plaintif, from Old French plaintif (adj) complaining, from plainte plaint]

plain•tiff

(ˈpleɪn tɪf)

n.
one who brings a legal action or suit in a court (opposed to defendant).
[1350–1400; Middle English, n. use of plaintif plaintive]

plaintiff

A person who initiates a court action.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.plaintiff - a person who brings an action in a court of lawplaintiff - a person who brings an action in a court of law
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
litigant, litigator - (law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation; "plaintiffs and defendants are both litigants"
petitioner, suer - someone who petitions a court for redress of a grievance or recovery of a right
defendant, suspect - a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused

plaintiff

noun
One that makes a formal complaint, especially in court:
Translations
مُدَّعي، مُقَدِّم الدَّعْوى
žalobce-kanavrhovatel
sagsøger
felperes
stefnandi
prasītājs

plaintiff

[ˈpleɪntɪf] Ndemandante mf, querellante mf

plaintiff

[ˈpleɪntɪf] nplaignant(e) m/f

plaintiff

nKläger(in) m(f)

plaintiff

[ˈpleɪntɪf] n (Law) → attore/trice

plaintiff

(ˈpleintif) noun
a person who starts a legal case against another.
References in classic literature ?
Some fifty years ago there was a curious case of whale-trover litigated in England, wherein the plaintiffs set forth that after a hard chase of a whale in the Northern seas; and when indeed they (the plaintiffs) had succeeded in harpooning the fish; they were at last, through peril of their lives, obliged to forsake not only their lines, but their boat itself.
His indignant countrymen actually caused him to be prosecuted in the native courts, on a charge nearly equivalent to what we term defamation of character; but the old fellow persisting in his assertion, and no invalidating proof being adduced, the plaintiffs were cast in the suit, and the cannibal reputation of the defendant firmly established.
Bullfrog's eyes,--and, though a small, delicate, and thin-visaged man, I feel assured that I looked very terrific,--"madam," repeated I, through my shut teeth, "were you the plaintiff in this cause?
Dodson and Fogg be wild if the plaintiff shouldn't get it?
incidentally, to the gratification of the plaintiff.
The plaintiff speaks first, the defendant answers him; each is permitted to rejoin three or four times, then silence is commanded, and the judge takes the opinions of those that are about him.
In this case, therefore, I conceive the plaintiff must be non-suited; and I should disadvise the bringing any such action.
Plornish, having been made acquainted with the cause of action from the Defendant's own mouth, gave Arthur to understand that the Plaintiff was a 'Chaunter'--meaning, not a singer of anthems, but a seller of horses--and that he (Plornish) considered that ten shillings in the pound 'would settle handsome,' and that more would be a waste of money.
Either this must be the case, or the local courts must be excluded from a concurrent jurisdiction in matters of national concern, else the judiciary authority of the Union may be eluded at the pleasure of every plaintiff or prosecutor.
He turned to the plaintiff, inquiring, "Is there any truth in this story, Mr.
He called himself for the plaintiff, there was no getting over his evidence, the counsel for the defendant threw up his brief, and the jury did not even turn to consider.
He said, "it was common, when two YAHOOS discovered such a stone in a field, and were contending which of them should be the proprietor, a third would take the advantage, and carry it away from them both;" which my master would needs contend to have some kind of resemblance with our suits at law; wherein I thought it for our credit not to undeceive him; since the decision he mentioned was much more equitable than many decrees among us; because the plaintiff and defendant there lost nothing beside the stone they contended for: whereas our courts of equity would never have dismissed the cause, while either of them had any thing left.