Definition of pendente lite in English:

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pendente lite

Pronunciation: /pɛnˌdɛnteɪ ˈlʌɪti/
Pronunciation: /-ˌdɛnti/


1During litigation.
Example sentences
  • He cannot prevent the defendant from disposing of his assets pendente lite merely because he fears that by the time he obtains judgment in his favour the defendant will have no assets against which the judgment can be enforced.
  • When at his urgence we do let him go ashore - pendente lite so to say - we may give him whatever harborage we choose, until he finds shelter elsewhere if he can.


Latin, literally 'with the lawsuit pending'.

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