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 All claimants, including individual victims, will have the opportunity to submit their claims through the bankruptcy process,’’ the company said. Washington Post, "Prescription opioids destroyed families. Now, victims worry addiction stigma may keep them from getting justice.," 2 Dec. 2019 After going through the process, the board may choose to award the claimant financial damages up to $15,000 per each work infringed, or a maximum of $30,000 per proceeding, not counting attorneys fees or other costs. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Controversial copyright bill inches closer to becoming law as House approves," 23 Oct. 2019 Some American counties have sued a number of oil giants on grounds akin to those of the Mississippi claimants. The Economist, "Firms face physical, regulatory and legal risks from climate change," 21 Sep. 2019 The Bankruptcy Code creates a committee of unsecured creditors – those without assets backing their claims – to advocate on behalf of claimants who are likely not involved in the case. Lindsey Simon, The Conversation, "Why companies file for bankruptcy – and how it protects both debtors and creditors," 29 Aug. 2019 Overcompensation The email asking claimants to verify their other credit monitoring services has an October 15 deadline, and that's important. Kate Cox, Ars Technica, "Equifax claims administrator says victims must provide more info to claim cash," 9 Sep. 2019 Claims are typically submitted to the city before the filing of a lawsuit and are lodged to preserve a claimant’s right to sue. Dakota Smith, Los Angeles Times, "A city auditor was investigating DWP contracts. She says she was warned not to be ‘thorough’," 5 Sep. 2019 In Indiana, personal injury and negligence cases often fall under the Comparative Fault Act, which allows a jury to determine the percentage of fault of the claimant and the defendant. Crystal Hill, Indianapolis Star, "A 16-year-old was fatally shot near his Indianapolis high school. Is the school liable?," 26 June 2019 Last week, a New York jury awarded $300 million in punitive damages to one claimant, which the company plans to appeal. Ellen Florian, Fortune, "J&J Called a 'Kingpin' in Opioid Case That Could Be a Test for 1,600 More Lawsuits," 7 June 2019

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First Known Use of claimant

15th century, in the meaning defined above

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13 Dec 2019

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“Claimant.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 13 December 2019.

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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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