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principle pleading by the defendant in response to plaintiff's complaint; in criminal law it consists of the defendant's plea of `guilty' or `not guilty' (or nolo contendere); in civil law it must contain denials of all allegations in the plaintiff's comp answer
complaint or protest to authorities demarche
(law) an answer by a defendant that fails to admit or deny the allegations set forth in the complaint evasive answer
loud complaint or protest or reproach exclamation
complaint about injustice grievance
complaint about a (real or imaginary) wrong that causes resentment and is grounds for action grievance
complaint uttered in a low and indistinct tone grumble , grumbling , murmur , murmuring , mutter , muttering
long and mournful complaint jeremiad
complaint in literary form jeremiad
(Yiddish) a nagging complaint kvetch
complaint, to register a lodge
loud outcry of protest or complaint noise
opportunity for complaint that is seldom missed pet peeve
written statement of the grounds of complaint made to court law asking for the grievance to be redressed plaint
complaint uttered in a plaintive whining way whimper , whine
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