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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Synonyms & Antonyms for complainant


plaintiff, suer



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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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Police have been rebuked for referring to complainants as victims before the accused is tried. The Economist, "Victims get a bigger role in prosecuting those who wronged them," 14 June 2019 Court records show Ella Davis was the complainant in the November second-degree assault case for which Davis had an outstanding warrant. Kevin Rector,, "'I need to know what happened to my son,' says mother of man who died in a Baltimore jail," 7 June 2019 During this time, APD will not be accepting walk-in complainants or safe exchanges., "Aberdeen: No farmer’s market next week," 28 June 2019 The report also found that not all of the complaints were adequately categorized by internal affairs investigators and some neglected to interview complainants. Erin Donaghue, CBS News, "NYPD reviewed nearly 2,000 complaints of police bias. It substantiated none.," 26 June 2019 The complainant told police that around 7:31 a.m. a subject entered her backyard, walked up to her deck and took her dog, a pug. Forum News Service, Twin Cities, "Man charged with stealing dog off deck in Hudson, Wis.," 19 June 2019 In a December meeting when trustees hired an additional lawyer, Kevin O’Hanlon, to respond to the TEA, Harlandale resident Gina Castañeda, one of the complainants who got the TEA investigation started, urged them not to spend the money. Krista Torralva,, "Harlandale ISD board braces for state action," 13 June 2019 Of the 215 calls in 2009, the following categories had more than 10 incidents: Suspicious activity, lost and found, missing person, meet complainant, follow-up, theft, burglary of a motor vehicle and verbal disturbance. Karen Zurawski, Houston Chronicle, "Katy Mills Mall provides substation for police department," 9 June 2019 The Georgia resident was contacted and agreed to stop contacting the complainant’s daughter. Cheryl Higley,, "Woman injures man with soda can during dispute: Avon Lake Police Blotter," 14 June 2019

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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 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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to form ideas or theories about something

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