Definitions

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

  • noun An expression of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
  • noun A cause or reason for complaining; a grievance.
  • noun A bodily disorder or disease; a malady or ailment.
  • noun The symptom or distress about which a patient seeks medical assistance.
  • noun A formal statement initiating a lawsuit by specifying the facts and legal grounds for the relief sought.
  • noun A formal charge, made under oath, of the commission of a crime or other such offense.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun An expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or discontent; lamentation; faultfinding; murmuring.
  • noun That which is complained of; a cause of grief, discontent, lamentation, etc.
  • noun A cause of bodily pain or uneasiness; a malady; a disease; an ailment: usually applied to disorders not violent.
  • noun A formal accusation; a charge that an offense has been committed; especially, such a charge presented to an officer or a court for the purpose of instituting prosecution.
  • noun In many of the United States, the pleading in which the plaintiff in a civil action formally sets forth the facts of his case, with his claim for relief thereon: corresponding to the declaration at common law, the bill in equity, and the libel in admiralty.
  • noun A poem bewailing ill fortune in matters of love; a plaint.
  • noun Synonyms Lament.
  • noun Ailment, disorder, distemper, illness.

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

  • noun Expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment; lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault-finding.
  • noun Cause or subject of complaint or murmuring.
  • noun An ailment or disease of the body.
  • noun (Law) A formal allegation or charge against a party made or presented to the appropriate court or officer, as for a wrong done or a crime committed (in the latter case, generally under oath); an information; accusation; the initial bill in proceedings in equity.

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

  • noun A grievance, problem, difficulty, or concern; the act of complaining.
  • noun law In a civil action, the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim is based; The purpose is to give notice to the adversary of the nature and basis of the claim asserted.
  • noun law In criminal law, the preliminary charge or accusation made by one person against another to the appropriate court or officer, usually a magistrate. However, court proceedings, such as a trial, cannot be instituted until an indictment or information has been handed down against the defendant.
  • noun A consumer complaint.
  • noun A bodily disorder or disease; the symptom of such a disorder.

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

  • noun an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
  • noun (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense
  • noun (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
  • noun (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
  • noun an expression of grievance or resentment

Etymologies

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

[Middle English compleinte, from Old French complainte, from feminine past participle of complaindre, to complain; see complain.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English compleynte, from Anglo-Norman compleint, from compleindre.

Examples

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  • Clay platelete is very complaint.

    October 19, 2007

  • I'm confused, do you mean compliant? Or perhaps just pliant? This word, "complaint," is a noun.

    October 20, 2007