noun griev·ance \ˈgrē-vən(t)s\

: a feeling of having been treated unfairly

: a reason for complaining or being unhappy with a situation

: a statement in which you say you are unhappy or not satisfied with something

Full Definition of GRIEVANCE

obsolete :  suffering, distress
:  a cause of distress (as an unsatisfactory working condition) felt to afford reason for complaint or resistance
:  the formal expression of a grievance :  complaint

Examples of GRIEVANCE

  1. He has a deep sense of grievance against his former employer.
  2. She has been nursing a grievance all week.
  3. In the petition, the students listed their many grievances against the university administration.
  4. Several customers came to the front desk to air their grievances.

First Known Use of GRIEVANCE

14th century

Other Business Terms

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