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 reported that a garage door opener was used to gain access to the garage between 12:23 a.m. and 12:44 a.m. Pioneer Press Staff, Chicago Tribune, 1 Aug. 2022 The three-year statute of limitations in traditional negligence cases doesn’t run while the complainant is a minor, Conlon said. Globe Staff,, 1 June 2022 The complainant reported that sometime between Jun 1, 2021 and July 6, 2022, unknown offenders damaged a vehicle parked outside the residence, The approximate loss is $1,000. Pioneer Press Staff, Chicago Tribune, 15 July 2022 The complainant’s vehicle was stopped at a stop sign at an intersection when it was impacted by the gunshots, Hatcher said. Danielle Wallace, Fox News, 3 July 2022 The complainant told them that a bicycle had been left on their property for several days. cleveland, 24 Feb. 2022 The unnamed complainant and her family moved out of the motor home park in August. Tat Bellamy-walker, NBC News, 8 July 2022 The complainant was asked to purchase several gift cards and provide all the serial numbers to those gift cards to the fraudulent PayPal representative., 22 Mar. 2022 The complainant was advised that this is a civil matter. Joan Rusek, cleveland, 7 Feb. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of complainant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Complainant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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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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Nglish: Translation of complainant for Spanish Speakers


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