1. An individual who starts a legal action to resolve a legal situation involving his or her rights
2. The party that institutes a suit in a court.

‘Plaintiff’ can be broken into two words ‘plain + tiff’. This would refer to a person who solves a tiff plainly by going to a court of law and not by any other means.

1. The plaintiff hired a lawyer to help to resolve his demand for compensation after the accident.
2. The judge dismissed the plaintiff’s lawsuit after ruling that it was groundless.
3. Being the plaintiff it is you duty to be clear about all the charges that you’ll be levying against the defendant.

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