Part of speech: noun

The party that begins an action at law.

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Usage examples "plaintiff":

  1. The plaintiff and the defendant are called the parties to the action. - "Studies in Civics", James T. McCleary.
  2. On the conclusion of the evidence for the plaintiff, the Solicitor- General, in addressing the jury for the defence, denounced the case as a gross and scandalous fraud on the part of the plaintiff. - "Gossip in the First Decade of Victoria's Reign", John Ashton.
  3. Off goes the rogue, and leaves me in despair, Tied to the altar, with the knife in air: When, by rare chance, the plaintiff in the suit Knocks up against us: " Whither now, you brute?" - "The Satires, Epistles, and Art of Poetry", Horace a.k.a. Quintus Horatius Flaccus Translated by John Conington, M. A..