claim·ant | \ˈklā-mənt \

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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In 1999, a federal district judge in Washington approved a settlement agreement that led to a government payout of more than $2 billion to more than 15,000 claimants. Daniel E. Slotnik, New York Times, "Ralph Paige, Champion of Black Farmers, Dies at 74," 6 July 2018 The Justice Department had hoped to quickly transport the boat to the U.S. to sell, but a legal challenge to invalidate the seizure has been launched by Indonesian lawyers representing a claimant to the Equanimity in the Indonesian court system. Ben Otto, WSJ, "1MDB-Linked Yacht Won’t Be Setting Sail Soon," 28 Mar. 2018 But those funds are not being made available to claimants, Levin alleges. John Tuohy, Indianapolis Star, "BMV accused of contempt in license overcharge case for delaying some refunds," 28 June 2018 Idaho requires a tort claim before a claimant can sue the agency for violating state law. John Sowell, idahostatesman, "She seeks $1 million for home invader who died in Meridian fire that killed woman, 84," 15 June 2018 The record-setting settlement figure works out to, on average, $1.28 million per claimant ($425 million divided by 332). Michael Mccann,, "Michigan State Settles With the Victims of Larry Nassar's Abuse. How Might the NCAA Respond?," 18 May 2018 That claimant said she was interviewed by internal-affairs detectives twice in 2012 but nothing happened. Jeff Mcdonald,, "18th woman claim makes claim against Fischer," 25 June 2018 Since some 90 percent of the Jews in Poland were killed in the Holocaust, most claimants would be more distant relatives. Joanna Berendt, New York Times, "In Poland, ‘a Narrow Window to Do Justice’ for Those Robbed by Nazis," 10 June 2018 The settlement, which covers all 332 current claimants, will cost Michigan State $500 million. David Jesse, Detroit Free Press, "MSU's $500M settlement could be trouble for university finances," 18 May 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

: 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 \

Legal Definition of claimant 

: one that asserts a claim especially formally

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