One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- short for fleur-de-lis
A lawsuit.See also lis pendens
- ‘Well, it is a question whether you have a lis with them at all.’
- ‘It is most likely, therefore, that they would challenge Ontario's jurisdiction over the same lis.’
- ‘Costs are not part of the lis between litigants.’
- ‘If the justices appear in the Divisional Court they make themselves parties to the lis.’
- ‘The point which emerges from this debate is that what is occurring is something that is, at least for some purposes, perhaps for all, a process that is outside a lis.’
Mid 18th century: from Latin lis ‘dispute’.
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