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

  • noun The main claim or most important aspect of a complaint against a defendant.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The burden or chief weight; that part of an accusation which weighs most heavily against the accused; the substantial cause of an action at law; ground or burden of complaint in general.
  • noun In the Ch. of Eng., a representation by the lower house of Convocation to the upper of an existing grievance, disorder, or inconvenience affecting the church.

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

  • noun (Law) The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a complaint. Bouvier.

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  • noun The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a complaint.

Etymologies

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

[Medieval Latin gravāmen, injury, accusation, from Late Latin, encumbrance, obligation, from Latin gravāre, to burden, from gravis, heavy; see grave.]

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Latin gravare to load

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