complainant

noun

com·​plain·​ant kəm-ˈplā-nənt How to pronounce complainant (audio)
1
: the party who makes the complaint in a legal action or proceeding
2
: one who complains

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 After his first takedown in May, his app was reinstated after the DMCA complainant didn't take any legal action. Jon Brodkin, Ars Technica, 27 Nov. 2023 While the pair distracted the complainants, a third accomplice is believed to have gone into the home, stealing jewelry, police said. Justin Muszynski, Hartford Courant, 5 Jan. 2024 Gaynor pleaded guilty to carrying a firearm with disregard for the complainant's safety, ABC reported. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 10 Nov. 2023 Prosecutors had called several witnesses, including complainant Jabbari, to bolster the allegations that Majors assaulted his ex-girlfriend in the backseat of the SUV. Aaron Katersky, ABC News, 13 Dec. 2023 Another two complainants have come forward since the BBC investigation began in September. Etan Vlessing, The Hollywood Reporter, 14 Nov. 2023 Two further complainants have come forward since the review began. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 14 Nov. 2023 The complainant later realized his gold necklace was missing, police said. Chicago Tribune, 13 July 2023 The complainant, according to Union College, alleged that the school failed to respond to incidents of harassment in October and November. Kiara Alfonseca, ABC News, 8 Dec. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
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 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition

complainant

noun
com·​plain·​ant kəm-ˈplā-nənt How to pronounce complainant (audio)
1
: one who makes a legal complaint
2
: one who complains

Legal Definition

complainant

noun
com·​plain·​ant kəm-ˈplā-nənt How to pronounce complainant (audio)
: the party (as a plaintiff or petitioner) who makes the complaint in a legal action or proceeding

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