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 The complainant said that an unknown subject had entered his unsecured vehicle without consent. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 22 June 2020 The complainant said her neighbor threw the door at her car, then wandered behind the building. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Officers find suspected pot in car trunk after OVI arrest: North Olmsted Police Blotter," 20 June 2020 Officer Bailey arrived at 7:16 a.m. and met with the complainant who had already reviewed the video surveillance. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 4 May 2020 Criminal damaging: Detroit Avenue Police responded at 8:52 a.m. Jan. 29 to an apartment on a report that one of the complainant’s tenants was irate and destroying property. Bruce Geiselman, cleveland, "Home burglary reported: Lakewood Police Blotter," 11 Feb. 2020 Police contacted the neighbor and advised her to cease contact with the complainant. Cheryl Higley, cleveland.com, "Man charged with trespassing at Burger King: Avon Lake Police Blotter," 13 July 2019 Uber also doesn’t share details of its determination with the complainant, typically just saying they won’t be matched for a future ride with the offending party. Greg Bensinger, Washington Post, "When rides go wrong: How Uber’s investigations unit works to limit the company’s liability," 25 Sep. 2019 The complainant said that an unknown subject had entered her unsecured vehicle without consent. Houston Chronicle, "West University Place Police Department weekly report," 10 Feb. 2020 And the amount of money the EEOC is recovering for complainants is at its lowest point since 2008. oregonlive, "U.S. House approves new age discrimination protections," 15 Jan. 2020

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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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“Complainant.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/complainant. Accessed 12 Jul. 2020.

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complainant

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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

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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