Definition of third party in US English:

third party


  • 1A person or group besides the two primarily involved in a situation, especially a dispute.

    • ‘They have also suggested other initiatives to protect and enhance the Golden Plover habitats, but these would involve third parties playing an active role.’
    • ‘One can think of many examples of things which are close to parenting but involve third parties.’
    • ‘Because there is no arbitrary third party, or court system with the backing of an enforcement agency, laws may be broken with impunity.’
    • ‘Opinions expressed are those of the individuals stating them, who should not be construed as representing any groups, organizations or third parties.’
    • ‘For companies who have secured a speaker slot at an event organised by a third party, these events have the added attraction of being extremely low-cost.’
    • ‘Legislation means a third party will come in and tell these two parties that they can't do a transaction that they both see benefit in.’
    • ‘Furthermore there are other difficulties when the position of third parties is involved.’
    • ‘Once the information is legitimately in the hands of third parties, should those third parties advise the banks if loss or theft of data occurs?’
    • ‘What I wanted to ask you was, was there any possibility of a third party being involved in the dismemberment?’
    • ‘It is clear from the notice and the case that what was sought to be adduced by the policemen in the witness box was evidence of complaints made by third parties to the police.’
    • ‘It was also held that this damage caused by independent third parties was reasonably foreseeable.’
    • ‘The other issue, the third issue, is whether the applicants in the Family Court can join third parties as respondents.’
    • ‘Even the allegations of assault against third parties stemmed from the respondent's anger and jealousy over the applicant's relationship with another woman.’
    • ‘Where the third party participates in the Crown Court hearing the likelihood is that he or she will be making common cause with the defendant.’
    • ‘In these circumstances, the asset given as security belongs to the defendant, not a third party.’
    • ‘We have no confidence that decisions made by you will be made in a fair and reasonable manner and believe that your decisions should be reviewed by an independent third party.’
    • ‘Here there is no need for a third party to have become involved.’
    • ‘I do not share your information with any third party inside or outside of my organization.’
    • ‘The best way to prevent such abuse would be to prohibit any third party from paying for trips, period.’
    • ‘The Bill, which would apply retrospectively, allows for the recovery of assets transferred to third parties if the bankrupt continues to draw a benefit from that asset.’
    1. 1.1US A political party organized as an alternative to the major parties in a two-party system.
      • ‘The fortunes of the third party in British politics after 1924 may be seen in terms of three phases.’
      • ‘With a stronger third party, the winning party is now more likely to get percentages of the popular vote in the lower 40s or upper 30s.’
      • ‘Normally the purpose of a third party is to provide a wake-up call to the major parties.’
      • ‘People with strong views have often gone off after the mirage of a more ideologically pure third party.’
      • ‘As governor, he was in a good position to rejuvenate third party politics in this country in 2004.’
      • ‘So our only hope is to support fringe third parties like the Libertarian Party.’
      • ‘Buckingham said he really picked a third party because of his dissatisfaction with the two-party system.’
      • ‘Whatever happened to the idea of third party politics?’
      • ‘Existing laws made it nearly impossible for third parties and alternative, highly respectable voices to emerge.’
      • ‘Also, the Electoral College helps maintain a two-party system, by discouraging third parties with the winner-take-all principle.’
      • ‘He is the nominee of a small third party called the Constitution Party.’
      • ‘Given your sense of the deep-seated unhappiness amongst many Americans of the state of their American political system, why do the third parties still continue to stumble?’
      • ‘It is, if you will, a conspiracy by the two parties to keep third parties out of the presidential debates.’
      • ‘It is New York's third party, the Conservative Party, that provides the best hope here.’
      • ‘The Lib Dems are, in some people's view, in an enviable position as the third party in British politics.’
      • ‘Green, Libertarian, Reform and Independence are only a few of the better-known names among the dozens of nationally recognized political third parties.’
      • ‘After all, it might be argued, many of the major changes in the two party system historically have come from third parties that articulated a more coherent worldview.’
      • ‘Look to third party candidates or create a party that will strive to defend the American worker.’
      • ‘We'll talk with three journalists about the media's coverage of third party candidates next.’
      • ‘I think the American people have never been more willing to walk away from the two parties and take a look at a third party.’


  • attributive Relating to a person or group besides the two primarily involved in a situation.

    ‘third-party suppliers’
    • ‘Lenders have recourse to an independent third-party review committee.’
    • ‘The company currently employs 8000 people, around 4000 of them third-party contractors.’
    • ‘I have found a third-party accountant who is able to meet with both of us and go over the books.’
    • ‘They come either from your own organisation or through some third party consultancy.’
    • ‘Production will be shifted to a third-party supplier, while the plant will be wound down and left with less than 30 staff.’
    • ‘Smith has been separated from her husband for three years and friends have insisted there was no third-party involvement at the time of the separation.’
    • ‘We could have standardized and commoditized it, and sold it to third-party investment advisers.’
    • ‘Participating suppliers must submit to third-party audits and disclose energy sources to consumers.’
    • ‘There is no disinterested third-party witness to say who is telling the truth and who is lying.’
    • ‘Is it then unethical for the company to sell on information about its customers to third-party companies?’
    • ‘These loans are issued by the federal government, instead of through a third-party lender.’
    • ‘This is why they work hard to convince people not to buy third-party ink cartridges.’
    • ‘At this point, they won't even agree to a third-party investigation.’
    • ‘He signed an album deal with the record company, but decided against hiring a producer and third-party studio for recording.’
    • ‘Should clients be informed of work performed by third-party service providers?’
    • ‘Investors need a third-party perspective before making a decision.’
    • ‘The two big business parties come close to criminalizing third-party candidates and those who support them.’
    • ‘The cameras are monitored either by family members or by third party organizations.’
    • ‘It seems reasonable to infer that possible third-party investment has been investigated thoroughly.’
    • ‘Many e-commerce websites use online shopping carts provided by third-party suppliers.’


third party

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