Meaning of “out-of-court” in the English Dictionary

"out-of-court" in Business English

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out-of-courtadjective [ before noun ]

uk /ˌaʊtəvˈkɔːt/ us

LAW an out-of-court agreement or deal is made between people involved in a legal argument without a decision needing to made in a court of law:

a(n) out-of-court settlement/agreement/deal The case was never tried because Laker reached an out-of-court settlement with the other airlines.

out of courtadverb

uk us

LAW if two people or companies reach an agreement out of court, they find a solution to a legal argument without using a court of law:

Banks often opt to settle out of court.

(Definition of “out-of-court” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)