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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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Funds raised by the Soiree (formerly known as the Carnation Ball) will support the hospital's five-year, $10-million capital campaign to nearly double the size of the Oceanside Emergency Department.
The Territory Government provided $57,000 to this years Harmony Soiree and to community organisations to participate in the event.
Except for going to soirees, he's just a simple guy trying to do his job, Bautista said, using the term at least four times during the almost two-hour Meet Inquirer Media forum.
Anyone who would like to find out more about the Summer Soiree or to purchase your tickets for the event on Friday July 3 call 01484 411040 or email fundraising@forgetmenotchild.
Organisee par l'IRCAM, cette soiree a ete notamment agrementee par les prestations du chanteur Ahmed Soultan, la troupe Gnaoua de Tinghir et la troupe "Mondo" venu des Pays-Bas et qui puise dans les cultures andalouse et Amazigh.
A new venture being launched by members of North East Soiree is the publication of sheet music.
Umar Sayeed, who will attend the event in person says, "I feel greatly humbled at this junction when Soiree, and my dear friend Mariya Kassam, are celebrating my 20 years in fashion.
MEMBERS of North East Soiree recently celebrated 20 years of music making in Scotland and the North of England.
This year's Greenwich Symphony Orchestra (GSO) soiree honoree is Jerry Dumas, whose credits include writing a column for the Greenwich Time newspaper, doing the "Sam and Silo" comic for King Features Syndicate, and contributing gags to the King-distributed "Beetle Bailey" comic.
Instead, the ``Starz After Awards Soiree'' (yes, they call them soirees now) took over the new sleek and chic pool level Circa 55 restaurant and lounge at the Beverly Hilton.
CANNE A spectacular fireworks display was part of the May 25 Croisette soiree for "Marie Antoinette.