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Prayer for Relief

Definition - What does Prayer for Relief mean?

Prayer for relief is the term often used to designate the final section of a pleading filed by a plaintiff in a lawsuit. This is the portion of the document in which the plaintiff asks the court to take certain actions to make them "whole." This is usually, but not always, a request for financial compensation.

Justipedia explains Prayer for Relief

The types of requests made in the prayer for relief vary depending on the circumstances of each case. For example, a plaintiff in a personal injury suit may limit their request to financial compensation; but a plaintiff in a slander suit may ask the court to award financial compensation and issue an order barring the defendant from making any more harmful statements.

In most cases, the prayer for relief will include both specific and general requests.

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