ad litem

ad litem

[ad lahy-tem]
adjective Law.
for the particular action or proceeding: a guardian ad litem.

Origin:
1760–70; < Latin; cf. litigate

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ad litem (æd ˈlaɪtɛm)
 
adj
(formerly, esp of a guardian) appointed for a lawsuit

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Main Entry:  ad litem
Part of Speech:  adj
Definition:  for the purposes of a lawsuit or legal action only, esp. referring to a temporary guardian
Example:  Guardian ad litem is the term for a person appointed to protect the legal interests of someone considered incompetent or underage.
Etymology:  literally, Latin 'for the suit'
Usage:  law
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