fictitious defendants

Definition of "fictitious defendants"
  1. Placeholder names given to unknown persons involved in a lawsuit by the plaintiff until their real names can be discovered
How to use "fictitious defendants" in a sentence
  1. When the plaintiff wasn’t sure about everyone involved in the case, he listed fictitious defendants in the complaint.
  2. The lawyer used fictitious defendants to ensure nobody left unnamed in the lawsuit.
  3. The legal team amended the complaint to include the real names of the fictitious defendants when they were discovered.

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