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From Middle English plaintif, from Anglo-Norman, from Old French plaintif (complaining; as a noun, one who complains, a plaintiff) from the verb plaindre. Doublet of plaintive.

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plaintiff (plural plaintiffs)

  1. (law) A party bringing a suit in civil law against a defendant; accusers.
    Synonyms: complainant, litigant, claimant (English law), pursuer (Scottish law)
    Antonyms: defendant, suspect
    Hypernyms: litigant, litigator
    Hyponyms: suer, petitioner

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