a person or business that files a formal complaint with the court (Glossary of Common Bankruptcy Terms)

A person who initiates a case in Court. That person may also be referred to as the Claimant, Petitioner or Applicant. The person who is being sued is generally called the Defendant or Respondent. (Dictionary of Canadian Bankruptcy Terms)

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  • Plaintiff — Plain tiff, a. See {Plaintive}. [Obs.] Prior. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • plaintiff — (n.) c.1400, from Anglo Fr. pleintif (late 13c.), noun use of O.Fr. plaintif complaining, from pleint (see PLAINT (Cf. plaint)). Identical with plaintive at first; the form that receded into legal usage retained the older iff spelling …   Etymology dictionary

  • plaintiff — ► NOUN Law ▪ a person who brings a case against another in a court of law. Compare with DEFENDANT(Cf. ↑defendant). ORIGIN Old French plaintif plaintive …   English terms dictionary

  • plaintiff — [plān′tif] n. [ME plaintif < OFr, mournful, making complaint < plaindre < plainte: see PLAINT] a person who brings a suit into a court of law; complainant …   English World dictionary

  • Plaintiff — A plaintiff (Π in legal shorthand), also known as a claimant or complainant, is the term used in some jurisdictions for the party who initiates a lawsuit (also known as an action) before a court. By doing so, the plaintiff seeks a legal remedy,… …   Wikipedia

  • plaintiff — noun VERB + PLAINTIFF ▪ represent ▪ compensate PLAINTIFF + VERB ▪ bring an action (against sb), sue sb ▪ allege sth, argue sth …   Collocations dictionary

  • plaintiff — UK [ˈpleɪntɪf] / US noun [countable] Word forms plaintiff : singular plaintiff plural plaintiffs legal someone who brings a legal case against someone else in a court of law. The person against whom the case is brought is called the defendant …   English dictionary

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