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claimant

[kley-muh nt] /ˈkleɪ mənt/
noun
1.
a person who makes a claim.
Origin
1740-1750
1740-50; claim + -ant
Related forms
preclaimant, noun
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claimant

/ˈkleɪmənt/
noun
1.
a person who makes a claim
2.
a person who brings a civil action in a court of law Formerly called plaintiff Compare defendant (sense 1)
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claimant

n.

1747, from claim (v.), on model of appellant, defendant, etc., or from French noun use of present participle of clamer.

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