One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A person who applies to or petitions a court or judge for a ruling in his or her favor.
- ‘On June 10th, an ‘evolution Cobb County’ email alert by Google informed this movant of an amicus-curiae submitted by the Anti-Defamation League, in support of the Appellees.’
- ‘This is the judge's way of saying that the movants are making a very broad argument, and pretty much have nothing.’
- ‘The movant must plead facts which will support the conclusion that counsel's actions did not measure up to the customary skill and diligence of a reasonable attorney.’
- ‘This coalition contends that the movants have failed to meet their burden of proof and that a Multidistrict Litigation order of consolidation is unneeded and unwanted.’
- ‘Sidestepping the issue of whether amateurs deserved protection usually afforded to The Fourth Estate, Kleinberg wrote ‘Even if the movants are journalists, this is not the equivalent of a free pass.’’
Late 19th century: from move + -ant.
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