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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No one saw or heard anything to corroborate the primary complainant’s account. Madeleine Kearns, National Review, "The Strange Case against Cardinal Pell," 22 Aug. 2019 Screen shot Among the many families, lawyers could only file with two women as complainants because parents were never given admission forms or death certificates as required by regulations. Rosebell Kagumire, Quartz Africa, "Ugandan mothers want justice for their children who died in care of an unlicensed American health worker," 17 Aug. 2019 Officer Norman observed a White GMC Jimmy following the complainant’s vehicle and conducted a traffic stop in the 5100 block of Jessamine Street. Houston Chronicle, "Bellaire Police Department weekly report," 29 July 2019 The case was turned over to the university's in-house disciplinary board, where the vote was 3-2 in favor of the complainant. Alaa Abdeldaiem,, "Colts' Bobby Okereke Calls 2015 Sexual Assault Allegations 'Untrue'," 28 July 2019 Since City Attorney Denise Frederick is one of the eight complainants, the council has retained lawyer Ryan Henry to provide legal advice in the role of conflict counsel. Scott Huddleston,, "San Antonio suburb Leon Valley resumes hearing on whether to oust council member," 18 July 2019 Under the city's current rules, all three complainants must appear in court and keep logs with dates and times of barking incidents. Paulina Pineda, azcentral, "Barking dogs keeping you up at night? Tempe could make it easier to cite dog owners," 13 July 2019 Several complainants said they were particularly taken aback by their L.U.O. experiences because of Liberty’s religious underpinnings, [and the] anodyne responses the students received from L.U.O. were frequently glossed with Christian bromides. James Hohmann, Washington Post, "The Daily 202: New coalition aims to improve Democratic messaging against Trump," 18 Apr. 2018 Several complainants said they were particularly taken aback by their L.U.O. experiences because of Liberty’s religious underpinnings. Alec Macgillis/propublica, New York Times, "How Liberty University Built a Billion-Dollar Empire Online," 17 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 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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concealment of treason or felony

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