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Any person involved in a transaction or proceeding. A group of voters organized for the purpose of influencing governmental policy, particularly through the nomination and election of candidates for public office.

Plaintiffs and defendants are Parties in lawsuits, for example. They have the right to make claims and defenses, offer proof, and examine and cross-examine witnesses at trials. They can pursue appeals after unsatisfactory judgments if they satisfy designated criteria.In the United States, the Democrats and the Republicans make up the two major national political parties.


Democratic Party; Republican Party.


n. 1) one of the participants in a lawsuit or other legal proceeding who has an interest in the outcome. Parties include plaintiff (person filing suit), defendant (person sued or charged with a crime), petitioner (files a petition asking for a court ruling), respondent (usually in opposition to a petition or an appeal), cross-complainant (a defendant who sues someone else in the same lawsuit), or cross-defendant (a person sued by a cross-complainant). 2) a person or entity involved in an agreement. 3) a common reference by lawyers to people or entities involved in lawsuits, transactions, contracts, accidents, as in "both parties knew what was expected," "he is a party to the contract," "he was not a party to the criminal conspiracy..." (See: plaintiff, defendant, petitioner, respondent, contract, indispensable party, necessary party, proper party, real party in interest)


(Litigant), noun adversary, appellant, appellee, challenger, charger, claimant, complainant, contender, contestant, controversialist, defendant, disputant, libelant, opposing party, petitioner, plaintiff, suitor
Associated concepts: adverse party, defect in parties, disinnerested party, indispensable party, jurisdiction of parties, material party, mutuality of parties, necessary parties, nommnal party, nonjoinder of parties, opposing party, party-in practice, prevailing party, proper party, real party in interrst, substantial party
Foreign phrases: Saepe constitutum est, res inter alios juuicatas aliis non praejudicare.It has often been decided that matters adjudged between others ought not to prejuuice those who are not parties.


(Participant), noun attendant, cooperator, partaker, participator, partisan, partner, sharer
Associated concepts: accommodation party, competent party, guilty party, injured party, innocent party, real party in interest, third party


(Political organization), noun association, body, caucus, club, coalition, combine, confederation, faction, group, league, lobby, organized group, party machine, political machine
See also: actor, amicus curiae, appellant, applicant, assemblage, character, complainant, constituency, contender, contributor, denomination, individual, litigant, participant, person, petitioner, privy, side

PARTY, practice, contracts. When applied to practice, by party is understood either the plaintiff or defendant. In contracts, a party is one or more persons who engage to perform or receive the performance of some agreement. Vide Parties to contracts; Parties to 'actions; Parties to a suit in equity.

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The normal lull between the end-of-year bashes in June and the start-of-year blowouts in late September never really arrived, and this year the partyers added fireworks to their menu of revelries.
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With 2,300 taxicabs in the city and untold thousands of partyers celebrating New Year's Eve tonight, Los Angeles' taxi companies have words of advice for those calling for rides: Be patient.
In response, Eugene police and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission resurrected the weekend "party patrol," despised by partyers and loved by officials for its effectiveness at quelling raucous gatherings in the 60-block area bounded by Willamette and Kincaid streets and East 18th and East 11th avenues.
There were all-night partyers trying not to fall overboard as the fitness freaks jogged past them at sunup.
Dewhurst irks tea partyers by skipping forums, Austin American-Statesman
The agencies hope to provide partyers with safe rides home while helping to keep the roads clear of traffic problems.
It's an arrangement that rankles Eugene Mayor Jim Torrey, who said he had received phone calls and e-mails from citizens outraged at the pointless destruction caused by the out-of-control partyers.