Plaintiff



[pleyn-tif] /ˈpleɪn tɪf/

noun, Law.
1.
a person who brings suit in a court (opposed to ).
/ˈpleɪntɪf/
noun
1.
(formerly) a person who brings a civil action in a court of law Now replaced by claimant Compare defendant (sense 1)
n.

c.1400, from Anglo-French pleintif (late 13c.), noun use of Old French plaintif “complaining; wretched, miserable,” from plainte (see plaint). Identical with plaintive at first; the form that receded into legal usage retained the older -iff spelling.

The party that institutes a suit in a court. The person or entity the plaintiff sues is the defendant.

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