complainant

[kuh m-pley-nuh nt]

noun

a person, group, or company that makes a complaint, as in a legal action.

RELATED WORDS


Nearby words

  1. compiègne,
  2. complacence,
  3. complacency,
  4. complacent,
  5. complain,
  6. complainer,
  7. complaint,
  8. complaisance,
  9. complaisant,
  10. complanate

Origin of complainant

1375–1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French compleignant (present participle of compleindre). See complain, -ant

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British Dictionary definitions for complainant

complainant

noun

law a person who makes a complaint, usually before justices; plaintiff
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Word Origin and History for complainant

complainant

n.

early 15c., from Old French complaignant, present participle of complaindre (see complain). The present participle also was used as a noun in Middle French.

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