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ad litem

[ad lahy-tem] /ˈæd ˈlaɪ tɛm/
adjective, Law.
1.
for the particular action or proceeding:
a guardian ad litem.
Origin
1760-1770
1760-70; < Latin; cf. litigate
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British Dictionary definitions for ad litem

ad litem

/æd ˈlaɪtɛm/
adjective
1.
(formerly, esp of a guardian) appointed for a lawsuit
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Contemporary definitions for ad litem
adjective

for the purposes of a lawsuit or legal action only, esp. referring to a temporary guardian

Examples

Guardian ad litem is the term for a person appointed to protect the legal interests of someone considered incompetent or underage.

Word Origin

literally, Latin 'for the suit'

Usage Note

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