Definitions from Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition and Ballentine's Law Dictionary as are available for each term in each dictionary.
  • Ballentine's Law Dictionary

    The petitioner in on equity suit; a plaintiff; a prosecuting witness; one who files a formal charge or accusation.

  • Black's Law Dictionary: 2nd Edition

    In practice. One who applies to the courts for legal redress; one who exhibits a bill of complaint This is the proper designation of one suing in equity, though "plaintiff" is often used in equity proceedings as well as at law. Benefit Ass'n v. Robinson, 147 I1L 138, 35 N. E. 168.