Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A plaintiff.
  • noun A prosecuting witness in a criminal case.
  • noun A person who files a formal accusation or brings a formal charge.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun One who makes a complaint; a complainer.
  • noun Hence One who suffers from ill health.
  • noun In law, one who prosecutes by complaint, or commences a legal process against another; a plaintiff; a prosecutor; in particular, the plaintiff in a suit in equity, or one on whose complaint a criminal prosecution is asked for.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun One who makes complaint.
  • noun One who commences a legal process by a complaint.
  • noun The party suing in equity, answering to the plaintiff at common law.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun law the party that brings a civil lawsuit against another; the plaintiff
  • noun One who makes complaint.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a person who brings an action in a court of law

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Old French complaignant, present participle of complaindre.

Examples

  • “Ignore what the documents and the signature says, the complainant is actually whomever I wish it to be”.

    Mark Steyn Debates Complainants : Law is Cool

  • For the above reasons I am confident it will be the result that the complainant is not happy with.

    Police Complaints; How Soon Is Now? « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • I particularly enjoy the notion that somehow the complainant is to blame ... he's an opportunist, but he should've been immediately dismissed in this instance.

    Agatha Christie Banned in Ohio

  • From his complaint: That they have in cooperation with the other defendants and their attorneys conceived the plan of branding the complainant as a lunatic and have worked in harmony with the officers of ASCAP and MPPA (Music Publishers Protective Association) to oust the complainant from the W.P.A. and have caused him to starve.

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  • From his complaint: That they have in cooperation with the other defendants and their attorneys conceived the plan of branding the complainant as a lunatic and have worked in harmony with the officers of ASCAP and MPPA (Music Publishers Protective Association) to oust the complainant from the W.P.A. and have caused him to starve.

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  • I guess actually, the complainant is more properly an Entrepreneur, despite his institutional credential.

    Agatha Christie Banned in Ohio

  • If your complainant is hearing her bark, I suggest some sort of psychological counseling may be of more use to this person than the services of your department.

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  • The complainant is Demetrius, a silversmith, a principal man, it is likely, of the trade, and one that would be thought to understand and consult the interests of it more than others of the company.

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  • Isn’t a complainant is the person under whose name a complaint is lodged?

    Mark Steyn Debates Complainants : Law is Cool

  • Assuming that there were no problems in having a trial (the complainant was available, usually the biggest hurdle) then why on earth did they accept a plea to that?

    The Reality Behind The Crime Figues « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

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