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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Malaysia and Brunei are the other claimants to the chain of islands and barren islets and atolls. Jim Gomez, Fox News, "Philippines raises concern over Chinese radio warnings," 31 July 2018 And in class-action suits like what the plaintiffs are seeking, claimants usually collect a pittance next to what the lawyers take in. WSJ, "Even Cracker Consumers Are Entitled to Clarity," 25 Dec. 2018 Unsecured small claimants, each owed less than $20,000, are getting 25 cents on the dollar. Becky Yerak, WSJ, "Applebee’s Franchisee Gets Court Approval of Bankruptcy Plan," 11 Dec. 2018 Malaysia and Brunei are the other claimants to the chain of islands and barren islets and atolls. Jim Gomez, The Seattle Times, "Duterte: China should temper its behavior in disputed waters," 14 Aug. 2018 If successful, however, claimants can receive full compensation for the property. Joanna Berendt, New York Times, "In Poland, ‘a Narrow Window to Do Justice’ for Those Robbed by Nazis," 10 June 2018 Under the agreement, $425 million will be paid to current claimants and $75 million will be set aside for any future claims. David Eggert And Ed White, Fox News, "$500M settlement reached with Michigan State in Nassar case," 17 May 2018 Per the Detroit Free Press, $425 million of that will be paid out to the survivors directly and $75 million will be set aside for any claimants who come forward in the future. Gabriella Paiella, The Cut, "Michigan State Will Pay $500 Million to More Than 300 Larry Nassar Survivors," 16 May 2018 But payments could vary widely depending on several factors, such as the extent of damage to a customer's credit, and the number of claimants is likely to grow if the deadline is extended. James Rufus Koren,, "Wells Fargo customers could have more time to file claims in $142-million fake accounts settlement," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of claimant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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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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a strong desire or propensity

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