(A) Latin term meaning the action is pending and describes a matter which is dependent upon the outcome of a lawsuit, for example, money that may be paid into court pending the outcome of a lawsuit, which may be paid to the plaintiff if the plaintiff wins his or her case. (B) Pending the continuance of an action, while litigation continues. 2. An administrator is appointed, pendente lite, when a will is contested.
Law Dictionary – Alternative Legal Definition
Lat. Pending the suit; during the actual progress of a suit; during litigation. Pendente lite nihil innovetur. Co.Litt. 344. During a litigation nothing new should be introduced.