complainant

noun
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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Examples of complainant in a Sentence

the complainant charged that the defendant had broken the ironclad contract that both had signed
Recent Examples on the Web There were at least 10 investigations in all – one for each complainant – all of which might have come to different conclusions. Kenny Jacoby And Rachel Axon, USA TODAY, 26 Feb. 2021 The complainant was concerned about the bus continuing its journey. jsonline.com, 20 May 2021 Divorce wasn't common in 17th-century Boston, particularly if the complainant was a woman, but it was done. Diana Gabaldon, Star Tribune, 17 May 2021 Divorce wasn’t common in 17th-century Boston, particularly if the complainant was a woman, but it was done. Washington Post, 30 Apr. 2021 The woman never met her at the sheriff’s office and didn’t respond to text messages, the complainant told deputies, according to the report. Brianna Kwasnik, Arkansas Online, 14 Apr. 2021 The complainant, police learned, has a son with the younger woman’s father. cleveland, 5 Mar. 2021 One county official said U.S. Health and Human Services had also told county officials that there was no complainant and that the governor’s claims could not be substantiated. San Antonio Express-News, 28 Apr. 2021 The Houston Police Department is investigating one of the claims after a complainant filed a report earlier in April, although Watson maintains his innocence. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, 7 Apr. 2021

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First Known Use of complainant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of complainant was in the 15th century

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8 Jun 2021

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“Complainant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complainant. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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complainant

noun

English Language Learners Definition of complainant

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

complainant

noun
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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