Definition of complaint
1 : expression of grief, pain, or dissatisfaction <She did her chores without complaint.>
2a : something that is the cause or subject of protest or outcry <Inefficiency was the main complaint against the local government.>b : a bodily ailment or disease <The patient's complaint was frequent headaches.>
3 : a formal allegation against a party <The complaint alleges sexual harassment.>
Examples of complaint in a sentence
The board has received a number of complaints about the new policy.
The company has a system to handle customer complaints.
The lack of parking spaces is a common complaint among the city's residents.
The lack of financial support is our biggest complaint.
He is being treated for a stomach complaint.
Shortness of breath was a common complaint among the patients.
Origin and Etymology of complaint
Middle English compleynte, from Anglo-French compleint, from compleindre —see complain
First Known Use: 14th century
COMPLAINT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of complaint for English Language Learners
: a statement that you are unhappy or not satisfied with something
: the act of saying or writing that you are unhappy or dissatisfied with something
: something to be unhappy about : something that people complain about
COMPLAINT Defined for Kids
Definition of complaint for Students
1 : expression of grief, pain, or discontent <He does his work without complaint.>
2 : a cause or reason for expressing grief, pain, or discontent <The noise is my biggest complaint.>
3 : a sickness or disease of the body <a stomach complaint>
4 : a charge of wrongdoing against a person <What's her complaint against me?>
Medical Definition of complaint
: a bodily ailment or disease <bloating and other digestive complaints—Christine Gorman>
Legal Definition of complaint
1 : the initial pleading that starts a lawsuit and that sets forth the allegations made by the plaintiff against the defendant and the plaintiff's demand for relief — see also prayer, process, well-pleaded complaint rule — compare answer
2 : a document sworn to by a victim or police officer that sets forth a criminal violation and that serves as the charging instrument by which charges are filed and judicial proceedings commenced against a defendant in a magistrate's court — compare declaration, indictment, information
3 : petition
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