informant

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noun in·for·mant \in-ˈfȯr-mənt\

Definition of informant

  1. :  a person who gives information: as a :  informer b :  one who supplies cultural or linguistic data in response to interrogation by an investigator

Examples of informant in a sentence

  1. The police were alerted to the plot by a paid informant.

  2. We learned the language with the help of a native informant.

1657

First Known Use of informant

1657


INFORMANT Defined for English Language Learners

informant

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noun in·for·mant \in-ˈfȯr-mənt\

Definition of informant for English Language Learners

  • : a person who gives information to the police about secret or criminal activities

  • : a person who gives information about his or her culture or language to a researcher


INFORMANT Defined for Kids

informant

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noun in·form·ant \in-ˈfȯr-mənt\

Definition of informant for Students

  1. :  a person who gives information especially to accuse or cause suspicion about someone


Law Dictionary

informant

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noun in·for·mant \in-ˈfȯr-mənt\

Legal Definition of informant

  1. :  one who informs against another; specifically :  one who makes a practice especially for money of informing police of others' criminal activities



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