• WordNet 3.6
    • n plaintiff a person who brings an action in a court of law
    • ***
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Plaintiff (Law) One who commences a personal action or suit to obtain a remedy for an injury to his rights; -- opposed to defendant.
    • a Plaintiff See Plaintive.
    • ***
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plaintiff In law, the person who begins a suit before a tribunal for the recovery of a claim: opposed to defendant.
    • plaintiff Complaining.
    • ***
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plaintiff (Eng. law) one who commences a suit against another—opp. to Defendant
    • ***


  • Marcus T. Cicero
    “When you have no basis for an argument, abuse the plaintiff.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. plaintif, making complaint, plaintive; in Old French equiv. to plaignant, complainant, prosecutor, fr. plaindre,. See Plaint, and cf. Plaintive
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
O. Fr. pleinte (Fr. plainte)—L. planctusplangĕre, planctum, to lament.


In literature:

The plaintiff paused and rubbed his chin.
"The Humourous Story of Farmer Bumpkin's Lawsuit" by Richard Harris
The plaintiff child has, moreover, to prove that its mother has not accepted the embraces of any other man.
"Woman under socialism" by August Bebel
The first is whether the evidence produced by the plaintiff alone is sufficient in point of law to justify a verdict.
"The Queen Against Owen" by Allen Upward
But is the claim made by the plaintiff "a suit at common law"?
"A Letter to the Hon. Samuel Eliot, Representative in Congress From the City of Boston, In Reply to His Apology For Voting For the Fugitive Slave Bill." by Hancock
The plaintiff, who seven years afterwards became Countess of Harrington, died in 1867.
"English Caricaturists and Graphic Humourists of the Nineteenth Century." by Graham Everitt
Slavery is Plaintiff in this case; Freedom Defendant.
"The Trial of Theodore Parker" by Theodore Parker
The jury found a verdict for the plaintiff.
"Railway Adventures and Anecdotes extending over more than fifty years" by Various
We proceed, therefore, to inquire whether the facts relied on by the plaintiff entitled him to his freedom.
"Report of the Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States, and the Opinions of the Judges Thereof, in the Case of Dred Scott versus John F.A. Sandford" by Benjamin C. Howard
The plaintiff was a Portuguese.
"The Works of Robert Louis Stevenson - Swanston Edition Vol. 18 (of 25)" by Robert Louis Stevenson
Who is the plaintiff?
"The Spiritualists and the Detectives" by Allan Pinkerton

In poetry:

In vain for cash Miss A being sought
Was to the Court of Conscience brought.
The plaintiff thus the fair pursued,
In C's surname Miss A was sued.
"A.B.C." by William Hutton
And when amid the plaintiff's shrieks,
The ruffianly defendant speaks -
Upon the other side;
What HE may say you need not mind -
From bias free of every kind,
This trial must be tried!
"The Usher's Charge" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Oh, listen to the plaintiff's case:
Observe the features of her face -
The broken-hearted bride!
Condole with her distress of mind -
From bias free of every kind,
This trial must be tried!
"The Usher's Charge" by William Schwenck Gilbert
USHER And when, amid the plaintiff's shrieks,
The ruffianly defendant speaks—
Upon the other side;
What he may say you needn't mind—-
From bias free of every kind,
This trial must be tried!
"Trial" by William Schwenck Gilbert
This wedding's founded on no laws;
We must, of course, dismiss the cause;
For as a husband A ne'er knew,
No husband can the plaintiff sue;
But if he will pursue his claim,
May still sue A in her own name.
"A.B.C." by William Hutton
To quash the suit we make no stand;
From mischief tie the plaintiff's hand;
Who, from an over-fond desire,
The modes of high-life to acquire,
By any means except the good,
Has nipp'd his profits in the bud.
"The Milkman" by William Hutton

In news:

NEW YORK — As expected, National Grocers Association and nine other named plaintiffs in an antitrust lawsuit against credit-card companies have filed their objections to the proposed settlement with the US District Court here.
It's good for the lawyers, and bad for the plaintiffs.
Where a plaintiff was awarded a total of $12,042.75 in a suit against a defendant holder of a credit card, the damages must be reduced to $1.
The trial court correctly dismissed the defamation claims of four plaintiffs against defendant, the mayor of the city of Taylor.
Because of mutual respect among radiation oncologists , it isn't easy for plaintiff attorneys to find good experts, particularly in the same region as the practicing defendant radiation oncologist .
A plaintiff who files a claim of veterinary medical malpractice is not required to comply with Connecticut General Statutes §52-190a.
Plaintiffs say faulty power switch did it, but defense expert cites another origin.
Plaintiffs Nationwide Property & Casualty Insurance Co.
Where a judge ruled in favor of a plaintiff in a case involving a power of sale contained in a mortgage, an affidavit proffered by the plaintiff was sufficient within the meaning of G.L.c 183, §8.
Discharge, employment contract, expire, Whistleblower Protection Act The trial court dismissed plaintiff's Whistleblower Protection Act claim.
Where a judge dismissed a plaintiff's claims against defendants involved in his eviction, the dismissal order must be vacated as to two of the defendants.
Where plaintiff trustees have sued the defendant on a promissory note, the dismissal of a prior suit on the same note in New York on statute of limitations grounds precludes the claim from being brought here.
Intruders could only enter building that way, claims plaintiff.
Employment – ADA plaintiff was not qualified individual.
Defendant janitorial service is not required to reasonably accommodate plaintiff employee's sensitivity to cleaning solutions to avoid liability under the Americans with Disabilities Act.