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 One county official said U.S. Health and Human Services had also told county officials that there was no complainant and that the governor’s claims could not be substantiated. San Antonio Express-News, "Express Briefing: Local leaders deny governor's claims about migrant shelter at Freeman Coliseum," 28 Apr. 2021 The Houston Police Department is investigating one of the claims after a complainant filed a report earlier in April, although Watson maintains his innocence. Mike Brest, Washington Examiner, "Nike distances itself from Deshaun Watson amid sexual misconduct accusations," 7 Apr. 2021 The complainant believes the bottles may have been deposited there over the winter and that someone might be driving impaired in the area. Star Tribune, "Twin Cities metro police blotter, April 18," 17 Apr. 2021 The complainant expressed a high level of discomfort in interacting at all with the respondent. oregonlive, "Rep. Brad Witt, facing a complaint about his conduct with a fellow lawmaker, agrees to temporarily step aside as ag committee chair," 17 Apr. 2021 The complainant has since died and police have ruled out charges. Time, "'Sickening.' Australians Have Been Shocked by Reports of Sex at the Country's Legislature," 23 Mar. 2021 The wind was blowing it onto the complainant’s property. cleveland, "Only the shadow knows for sure: Russell Township Police Blotter," 21 Mar. 2021 One side or the other, the owner or the complainant, will wind up mad at the end of every transaction. Sharon Grigsby, Dallas News, "Ed Jamison fixed Dallas’ broken animal shelter and curbed loose dogs. Here’s why he’s leaving DAS," 15 Mar. 2021 And to Mary Lindsey, the complainant, the hearing from earlier this month was a new trauma, as her struggle to answer questions about alleged violence from her then-boyfriend became headlines. Washington Post, "A Zoom hearing for her domestic violence case went viral. Now people are blaming her, she says.," 12 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of complainant

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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3 May 2021

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“Complainant.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 May. 2021.

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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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