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[law-soot] /ˈlɔˌsut/
a case in a court of law involving a claim, complaint, etc., by one party against another; suit at law.
Origin of lawsuit
1615-25; law1 + suit Unabridged
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  • The lawsuit is the biggest yet to be brought by a regulator that relates to banking practices before the financial crisis.
  • Whether a nation could prevail in such a lawsuit is open to question.
  • It was interrupted in mid-construction by a lawsuit filed by local residents who objected to their loss of sunlight and views.
  • Several environmental groups recently announced plans to file a lawsuit to try to protect critical panther habitats.
  • In the meantime, they also tried to extend their ability to grant degrees temporarily while the lawsuit continued.
  • It's additional income that will definitely go a long way in covering lawyers' fees during his impossible lawsuit.
  • Years later, he showed up to be deposed during a lawsuit, armed with his trusty steno machine.
  • As ballot restrictions multiply, the state is bringing a lawsuit against the right to vote.
  • Another of the sacked three launched a lawsuit against the carmaker.
  • It was forced to settle a lawsuit and discontinued the service.
British Dictionary definitions for lawsuit


/ˈlɔːˌsuːt; -ˌsjuːt/
a proceeding in a court of law brought by one party against another, esp a civil action
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Word Origin and History for lawsuit

1620s, from law + suit (n.).

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