claim·​ant | \ ˈklā-mənt How to pronounce claimant (audio) \

Definition of claimant

: one that asserts a right or title a claimant to an estate also : claimer sense 1

Examples of claimant in a Sentence

They are claimants to the dead man's estate. Claimants will need to fill out the appropriate paperwork. a dispute between two claimants to the throne
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Recent Examples on the Web Historically, age discrimination has been difficult to prove, with the claimant bearing the burden of proof. Sheila Callaham, Forbes, "Employers On Notice: Signs Point To More Accountability For Age Discrimination," 27 Feb. 2021 After a claimant maxed out those weeks, Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC) benefits, lasting 13 weeks, kicked in. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Unemployment benefits for many Michiganders end soon. But COVID-19 is far from over.," 6 Dec. 2020 The high-risk matches included those where the incarceration could reliably be confirmed, closely matched the name and exactly matched the personal data of the unemployment claimant. Los Angeles Times, "Millions in California coronavirus jobless benefits sent to out-of-state prisoners," 5 Jan. 2021 The latest legislation will fix that by giving states the discretion to waive the overpayments when honest mistakes were made that could be painful for the claimant to repay, Evermore said. New York Times, Star Tribune, "The stimulus package: What's in it for you," 27 Dec. 2020 Olson also called on the Michigan Legislature to pass bills that would permanently lengthen the period a claimant is eligible for benefits to 26 weeks, up from 20, and in line with other states. Adrienne Roberts, Detroit Free Press, "Fraudulent claims in Michigan continue to plague benefits system, unemployment chief says," 2 Dec. 2020 Once a judge determines the amount owed to a claimant, the county treasurer would disburse the funds within 21 days. Scott Mcclallen, Washington Examiner, "Michigan Senate passes property tax foreclosure reforms," 4 Dec. 2020 The last extended unemployment benefit payments will be provided on the week ending Nov. 21 even if a claimant had been approved for additional weeks. Tyler Arnold, Washington Examiner, "About 20,000 Virginians losing extended federal unemployment benefits this week," 20 Nov. 2020 Instead of the state Republican Party (the claimant in the Supreme Court case), the plaintiffs before the Third Circuit were a candidate for office and four voters. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Checkmate in Pennsylvania for the Trump Campaign," 18 Nov. 2020

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First Known Use of claimant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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2 Mar 2021

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“Claimant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 6 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of claimant

formal : a person who believes that he or she has a right to something (such as an amount of money) : a person who claims something


claim·​ant | \ ˈklā-mənt How to pronounce claimant (audio) \

Legal Definition of claimant

: one that asserts a claim especially formally

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