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next friend


a person who acts on behalf of an infant or disabled person


person noun (people)


next friends

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Definition references


Next friend | prochain ami

a phrase used to refer to a person who represents another person who is under disability or otherwise unable to maintain a suit on their own behalf and who does not have a legal guardian. This disability often arises from minority, mental incapacity,... (43 of 531 words)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Next friend

Collins Dictionary:

next friend [law, archaic] | litigation friend [official]

a person acting on behalf of an infant or other person under legal disability (14 of 231 words, 1 usage example)


Random House Dictionary:

next friend [law] | prochein ami [synonym]

a person other than a duly appointed guardian who acts on behalf of an infant or other person not fully qualified by law to act on his or her own ... (30 of 42 words)



next friend

a person admitted to or appointed by a court to act for the benefit of a person (as an infant) lacking full legal capacity (24 of 38 words)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/next friend

American Heritage Dictionary:

next friend

A person appointed by or admitted to a court to act in behalf of a minor or other party under legal disability. (22 of 23 words)


New World Dictionary:

next friend [law]

a person who, though not appointed as a guardian, acts for another legally unable to act for himself (18 of 19 words)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

agent [computer science] | softbot ("software robot") [synonym]

a computer program that performs various actions continuously and autonomously on behalf of an individual or an organization. For example, an agent ... (22 of 333 words, 1 image)


Oxford Dictionary:

agent | agentive [derived]

a person who acts on behalf of another, in particular | a person who manages business, financial, or contractual matters for an actor, performer, ... (23 of 184 words, 7 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)



agent | agents [plural] | deputy [synonym, sense-specific] | patient [antonym, sense-specific]

One who exerts power, or has the power to act; an actor. | One who acts for, or in the place of, another (the principal), by authority from him; one intrusted with the business of another; a substitute; a deputy; a factor. | An active power or cause;... (46 of 159 words, 5 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

agent [countable] | agents [plural]

a person or company that does business for another person or company, for ... | someone who works for a country's secret service and collects secret ... (25 of 147 words, 3 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)


Cambridge Dictionary:

agent [entry 1]

a person who acts for or represents another | a person who represents an actor, artist or writer (17 of 34 words, 2 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agent 1

agent [entry 2]

someone who works secretly for the government or other organization (10 of 20 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agent 2

agent [entry 3]

a person or thing that produces a particular effect or change (11 of 35 words, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/agent 3

Encarta Dictionary:

next friend | next friends [plural]

in law, somebody who acts for somebody who is not legally allowed to act independently, e.g. a child (18 of 31 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861696899​/definition​.html  [offline]

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