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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 ?
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.
The Cadi took his seat gravely, and an officer introduced first Ali Cogia, the plaintiff, and then the merchant who was the defendant.
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.
Observing this, and how, without another word, he made off, and observing too the resignation of the plaintiff, Sancho buried his head in his bosom and remained for a short space in deep thought, with the forefinger of his right hand on his brow and nose; then he raised his head and bade them call back the old man with the stick, for he had already taken his departure.
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.
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?
In this world it is necessary to adopt the principle pursued by the plaintiff in an action for damages, and to demand ten times more than you are ready to accept.
The little plaintiff or defendant who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world.
He's eating the plaintiff, he's eating the suits, he eats, he chews, he crams, he fills himself.
And all the evening long the timid townsmen's doors have had to be quick opened to let in rough groups of soldiers, for whom there must be found both board and lodging, and the best of both, or woe betide the house and all within; for the sword is judge and jury, plaintiff and executioner, in these tempestuous times, and pays for what it takes by sparing those from whom it takes it, if it pleases it to do so.