com·plain·ant | \kəm-ˈplā-nənt \

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

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Pell’s lawyer Robert Richter on Monday did not object to the complainants appearing in court on a television screen rather than in person. Washington Post, "Cardinal’s alleged sex victims testify in Australian court," 5 Mar. 2018 Grand theft of a motor vehicle, Beach Avenue: A complainant told police about 9:30 a.m. Feb. 12 that his car was stolen. Bruce Geiselman,, "Lakewood police investigate business break-in: police blotter," 17 Feb. 2018 These charges relate to 12 complainants and are alleged to have happened between 1979 and 1991, when the victims were aged between eight and 15., "Former Crewe Alexandra Coach Barry Bennell Pleads Guilty to 7 Child Sex Offences," 8 Jan. 2018 The complainant sent pictures and a license plate number, which showed the vehicle registered to a woman in Rogers. Houston Chronicle, "Game warden field notes," 1 July 2018 The complainant reported that her boyfriend was intoxicated and threw a beer bottle at the front door window of the building. Cheryl Higley,, "Woman reports $30,000 in jewelry missing: Avon Lake Police Blotter," 27 Apr. 2018 Giving complainants another tool to send ostensibly offending content to the memory hole would result in Web publishers publishing nothing even remotely negative. Michael Hiltzik,, "Yelp may have just saved the internet — but the court ruling in its favor is a dangerous muddle," 3 July 2018 The complainant, Kristen Brodie, was a college student working as a promotional model. Chris Harris,, "Adult Film Star Ron Jeremy Sued by Washington Woman Who Claims He Sexually Assaulted Her," 2 July 2018 Suspicious Person, Suffolk Lane: Officers were dispatched 5:21 p.m. April 21 after a man walking down the road stopped in front of a home and took a picture of the complainant's wife working in the yard. Joan Rusek,, "Persistent health insurance salesperson raises resident's blood pressure: Russell Township Police Blotter," 25 Apr. 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 \

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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evasion of direct action or statement

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