prayer /'prer/ n: the part of a pleading (as a complaint) that specifies the relief sought; also: a request for relief or some other action by the court

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun application, application for relief, beseechment, call, claim, earnest entreaty, earnest request, entreaty, humble entreaty, imploratio, imploration, importunity, invocation, motion, petition, plea, precatio, request, request for relief, request for the aid of the court, requisition, solemn entreaty, supplication, urgent request, votum associated concepts: prayer for relief II index call (appeal), entreaty, petition, request

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

A formal request in a complaint or petition in equity asking for relief for the plaintiff’s grievance; also called a prayer for relief or demand for relief.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

n. A request attached to the end of a pleading asking for specific damages or relief to which the plaintiff believes he is entitled.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.

The request contained in a bill in equity that the court will grant the process, aid, or relief that the complainant desires.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.

The request contained in a bill in equity that the court will grant the process, aid, or relief that the complainant desires.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

   the specific request for judgment, relief and/or damages at the conclusion of a complaint or petition.
   A typical prayer would read: "The plaintiff prays for
   1) special damages in the sum of $17,500;
   2) general damages according to proof [proved in trial];
   3) reasonable attorney's fees;
   4) costs of suit; and
   5) such other and further relief as the court shall deem proper."
   A prayer gives the judge an idea of what is sought, and may become the basis of a judgment if the defendant defaults (fails to file an answer). Sometimes a plaintiff will inflate damages in the prayer for publicity or intimidation purposes, or because the plaintiff believes that a gigantic demand will be a better starting point in negotiations. However, the ridiculous multi-million prayers in smaller cases make plaintiffs look foolish and unrealistic.
   See also: complaint, default judgment

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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