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[kuh m-pley-nuh nt] /kəmˈpleɪ nənt/
a person, group, or company that makes a complaint, as in a legal action.
Origin of complainant
late Middle English
1375-1425; late Middle English < Anglo-French compleignant (present participle of compleindre). See complain, -ant Unabridged
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  • Another dawns with the prisoner in court, but no complainant.
  • In those years there has been only one instance in which a complainant subsequently felt the need to go to court.
  • The press cannot afford this, even if they win they still have their costs and the complainant has none.
  • In a civil action against an existing permit holder, the burden of proof would be on the complainant to show harm.
  • complainant is elderly and ambulates with the use of aids, ie, a walker or wheel chair.
  • complainant had made a proper request for advanced annual leave, which was approved by his second-level supervisor.
  • complainant continued to receive outstanding evaluations following his complaints of mistreatment.
  • complainant received follow-up medical care during which he was treated for elevated blood pressure.
  • complainant also made handwritten notes on the slip, including a telephone number to reach the hotel guest, if needed.
  • complainant attributed problems with her boyfriend to her emotional and financial state following the termination.
British Dictionary definitions for complainant


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

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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