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barratry

bar·ra·try

barratry

 
pronunciation:
bae r tri
part of speech: noun
inflections: barratries
definition 1: in law, the practice of frequently stirring up groundless lawsuits.
definition 2: in law, a breach of duty by a ship's captain or crew that results in loss to the ship's owner.
derivations: barratrous (adj.), barratrously (adv.)