com·​plain·​ant | \ kəm-ˈplā-nənt How to pronounce complainant (audio) \

Definition of complainant

1 : the party who makes the complaint in a legal action or proceeding
2 : one who complains

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Synonyms & Antonyms for complainant


plaintiff, suer



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Examples of complainant in a Sentence

the complainant charged that the defendant had broken the ironclad contract that both had signed

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The other complainant was Steven Merrival, at the time the longest-serving member of Lindquist’s staff. Sean Robinson, The Seattle Times, "Superheated race for Pierce County prosecutor, pitting boss against former chief deputy, is most expensive county-level contest in state," 5 Aug. 2018 Richter, Pell's lawyer, told Wallington in his final submissions two weeks ago that the complainants might have testified against one of the church's most powerful men to punish him for failing to act against abuse by clerics. Rod Mcguirk, Fox News, "Australian cardinal to face trial on sexual abuse charges," 2 May 2018 None of the original complainants agreed to be interviewed by her, citing concerns about bias and their ongoing suit against the university. Vivian Wang, New York Times, "Exonerated, University of Rochester President Steps Down," 11 Jan. 2018 This finding came after a Title IX investigation conducted within the school in which there were reportedly 22 complainants. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Women Speak Out About Former Northwestern Professor Alec Klein's Alleged Sexual Harassment," 23 Aug. 2018 Regarding the merits of the investigation, the college district's spokesman, Matt Hasson, said, the district is committed to following its policies and procedures which ensure a fair, timely process for complainants and respondents. Anne Ryman, azcentral, "Rio Salado College vice president denies allegations of sexual harassment," 8 May 2018 The complainant and victim are reportedly members of the school's equestrian team. Charlotte Carroll,, "Report: Baylor Redshirt Football Players Involved in Sexual Assault Investigation," 15 Feb. 2018 For years, the department provided mostly unredacted versions of the complaints, including the names of officers and complainants. Mark Fazlollah,, "Philadelphia police complaints now online - with cops cloaked in anonymity," 1 Mar. 2018 And just 3½ months ago, The Seattle Times detailed how three top executives, one of whom was later promoted to team president, were accused by women of inappropriate workplace conduct, resulting in the complainants receiving financial settlements. Larry Stone, The Seattle Times, "No matter how it plays out, Lorena Martin’s racism claim against Mariners stains the organization," 14 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of complainant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of complainant

law : a person who makes a formal charge in court saying that someone has done something wrong


com·​plain·​ant | \ kəm-ˈplā-nənt How to pronounce complainant (audio) \

Legal Definition of complainant

: the party (as a plaintiff or petitioner) who makes the complaint in a legal action or proceeding

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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