from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law A party that makes a complaint or files a formal charge, as in a court of law; a plaintiff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who makes a complaint; a complainer.
  • n. Hence One who suffers from ill health.
  • n. 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 WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a person who brings an action in a court of law


Old French complaignant, present participle of complaindre. (Wiktionary)



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