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amicus curiae

[uh-mahy-kuh s kyoo r-ee-ee, uh-mee-kuh s kyoo r-ee-ahy] /əˈmaɪ kəs ˈkyʊər iˌi, əˈmi kəs ˈkyʊər iˌaɪ/
noun, plural amici curiae
[uh-mahy-kahy kyoo r-ee-ee, uh-mee-kee kyoo r-ee-ahy] /əˈmaɪ kaɪ ˈkyʊər iˌi, əˈmi ki ˈkyʊər iˌaɪ/ (Show IPA).
Law.
1.
a person, not a party to the litigation, who volunteers or is invited by the court to give advice upon some matter pending before it.
Also called friend of the court.
Origin
1605-1615
1605-15; < Neo-Latin
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  • The body invited concerned parties to submit amicus curiae briefs about the case.
  • When the governor went ahead with the appeal anyway, he filed an opposing amicus curiae brief.
British Dictionary definitions for amicus curiae

amicus curiae

/æˈmiːkʊs ˈkjʊərɪˌiː/
noun (pl) amici curiae (æˈmiːkaɪ)
1.
(law) a person not directly engaged in a case who advises the court
Word Origin
Latin, literally: friend of the court
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Word Origin and History for amicus curiae

1610s, Latin, literally "friend of the court;" plural is amici curiae. From Latin amicus "friend," related to amare "to love" (see Amy) + curia "court" (see curia).

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amicus curiae in Culture
amicus curiae [(uh-mee-kuhs kyoor-ee-eye)]

See friend of the court.

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