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in law: see procedureprocedure,
in law, the rules that govern the obtaining of legal redress. This article deals only with civil procedure in Anglo-American law (for criminal procedure, see criminal law).
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the initiation of proceedings before a court, arbitrazh (state arbitration tribunal), or private arbitration board in connection with a violated or contested right or an interest protected by law. Under Soviet law, a court is obliged to accept the suit, to examine it, and to render a decision provided that (1) the plaintiff or defendant is a citizen or organization exercising the rights of a legal person; (2) the claim is within the jurisdiction of the judicial agencies, and the plaintiff has complied with the legally established procedure for the preliminary extrajudicial settlement of the dispute; (3) there is no decision that has come into legal force in connection with the dispute between the same parties concerning the same subject and on the same grounds, no court ruling accepting the withdrawal of the suit by the plaintiff or confirming a peaceful settlement by the parties, and no decision of the comrades’ court; (4) there are no records of the given dispute in the court proceedings; (5) no agreement has been reached by the parties to transfer the dispute for resolution by a private arbitration board; (6) the case is subject to the jurisdiction of the given court; and (7) the suit was submitted by a citizen who is legally competent or by a person having authority to conduct the case on his behalf. An arbitrazh is also obliged to accept the suit, to consider it, and to render a decision provided certain conditions exist (most of them coincide with the conditions of bringing a suit before a court).

The form and the content of a suit are established by law. The suit is submitted in writing, indicating the name of the court or arbitrazh before which the suit is being brought, the full names of the plaintiff and defendant, their places of residence, and other essential information. The suit must be signed by the plaintiff or by his representative, and the state tax must be paid at the time of the submission of the suit. In the statement of claim directed to the arbitrazh the plaintiff must give his reasons for declining the defendant’s arguments as they were stated in the response to the claim, in the records of the disagreement, and in other documents received from the defendant. The subject and the grounds of the suit may be changed by the plaintiff; he has the right, for example, to change the amount of the claim or to withdraw his suit.



A piece of clothing worn by combat pilots and astronauts. It exerts pressure on the abdomen and the lower limbs of the aircrew to prevent or retard the flow of blood below the chest when under positive acceleration. This delays the onset of the gray-out or blackout phenomena some pilots may experience. A g-suit increases the gray-out or blackout threshold by 1¼ to 2 g. The same as anti-g suit.


1. any of the four sets of 13 cards in a pack of playing cards, being spades, hearts, diamonds, and clubs. The cards in each suit are two to ten, jack, queen, and king in the usual order of ascending value, with ace counting as either the highest or lowest according to the game
2. a civil proceeding; lawsuit
3. the act or process of suing in a court of law
4. follow suit to play a card of the same suit as the card played immediately before it


Ugly and uncomfortable "business clothing" often worn by non-hackers. Invariably worn with a "tie", a strangulation device that partially cuts off the blood supply to the brain. It is thought that this explains much about the behaviour of suit-wearers.


A person who habitually wears suits, as distinct from a techie or hacker.

See loser, burble, management, Stupids, SNAFU principle, and brain-damaged.


A derogatory term for a corporate employee who wears a suit. Suits may also refer to management and marketing people. See slime.
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Neither strangle anybody nor smash anything, Porthos; I will manage it all; put on one of your thirty-six suits, and come with me to a tailor.
I should say that a walking suit in which one could not walk, and a winter suit which exposes the throat, head, and feet to cold and damp, was rather a failure, Clara, especially as it has no beauty to reconcile one to its utter unfitness," said Dr.
and she resigned herself with a sigh of relief, adding plaintively, "I did hope you'd accept my suit, for poor Rose has been afflicted with frightful clothes long enough to spoil the taste of any girl.
Is that any good reason why he should poke her new suit into the kitchen stove?
It's a deal too good to be married in, master,' rejoined Peg, after a short inspection of the suit.
With which consolatory assurance, Peg Sliderskew gathered up the chosen suit, and folding her skinny arms upon the bundle, stood, mouthing, and grinning, and blinking her watery eyes, like an uncouth figure in some monstrous piece of carving.
While one thick garment is, for most purposes, as good as three thin ones, and cheap clothing can be obtained at prices really to suit customers; while a thick coat can be bought for five dollars, which will last as many years, thick pantaloons for two dollars, cowhide boots for a dollar and a half a pair, a summer hat for a quarter of a dollar, and a winter cap for sixty-two and a half cents, or a better be made at home at a nominal cost, where is he so poor that, clad in such a suit, of his own earning, there will not be found wise men to do him reverence?
Had I such a suit, I might at once find out what men in my realms are unfit for their office, and also be able to distinguish the wise from the foolish
The rogues sat up the whole of the night before the day on which the procession was to take place, and had sixteen lights burning, so that everyone might see how anxious they were to finish the Emperor's new suit.
When the husband prosecutes his wife's gallant, if he can produce any proofs of a criminal conversation, he recovers for damages forty cows, forty horses, and forty suits of clothes, and the same number of other things.
Charles says we ought to change our name, but I cannot think what to, for Wilcox just suits Charles and me, and I can't think of any other name.
And now she's aware that the lack of comprehension suits her.