Definition of grievance
2 : a cause of distress (as an unsatisfactory working condition) felt to afford reason for complaint or resistance <Her chief grievance was the sexual harassment by her boss.>
3 : the formal expression of a grievance : complaint <filed a grievance against her employer>
Examples of grievance in a sentence
He has a deep sense of grievance against his former employer.
She has been nursing a grievance all week.
In the petition, the students listed their many grievances against the university administration.
Several customers came to the front desk to air their grievances.
Origin and Etymology of grievance
First Known Use: 14th century
Synonym Discussion of grievance
GRIEVANCE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of grievance for English Language Learners
: a feeling of having been treated unfairly
: a reason for complaining or being unhappy with a situation
: a statement in which you say you are unhappy or not satisfied with something
GRIEVANCE Defined for Kids
Definition of grievance for Students
: a reason for complaining
Legal Definition of grievance
1 : a cause of distress (as an unsatisfactory working condition or unfair labor practice) felt to afford a reason for complaint or dispute; especially : a violation of a collective bargaining agreement usually by the employer
2 : the formal expression of a grievance brought especially by an employee as the initial step toward resolution through a grievance procedure — see also arbitration, grievance arbitration at arbitration, mediation
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