complainant

complainant
One who applies to the courts for legal redress by filing complaint (i.e. plaintiff). Also, one who instigates prosecution or who prefers accusation against suspected person

Black's law dictionary. . 1990.

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  • complainant — com·plain·ant /kəm plā nənt/ n: the party (as a plaintiff or petitioner) who makes the complaint in a legal action or proceeding Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. complainant …   Law dictionary

  • complainant — com‧plain‧ant [kəmˈpleɪnənt] noun [countable] LAW a person who makes a complaint in a civil law court; = PLAINTIFF: • If the committee rejects a complaint, the complainant now has the right to apply for a rehearing. * * * …   Financial and business terms

  • Complainant — Com*plain ant (k[o^]m*pl[=a]n ant), n. [F. complaignant, p. pr. of complaindre.] 1. One who makes complaint. [1913 Webster] Eager complainants of the dispute. Collier. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) (a) One who commences a legal process by a complaint.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • complainant — late 15c. (n. and adj.), from Fr. complaignant, prp. of complaindre (see COMPLAIN (Cf. complain)). The prp. also was used as a noun in M.Fr …   Etymology dictionary

  • complainant — ► NOUN Law ▪ a plaintiff in certain lawsuits …   English terms dictionary

  • complainant — [kəm plān′ənt] n. [ME compleinaunt < prp. of OFr complaindre: see COMPLAIN] Law a person who files a charge or makes the complaint in court; plaintiff …   English World dictionary

  • complainant — UK [kəmˈpleɪnənt] / US noun [countable] Word forms complainant : singular complainant plural complainants legal in a court of law, the person who has asked the court to judge their case …   English dictionary

  • complainant — [[t]kəmple͟ɪnənt[/t]] complainants N COUNT A complainant is a person who starts a court case in a court of law. [LEGAL] Ant: respondent …   English dictionary

  • complainant — noun Date: 15th century 1. the party who makes the complaint in a legal action or proceeding 2. one who complains …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • complainant — /keuhm play neuhnt/, n. a person, group, or company that makes a complaint, as in a legal action. [1375 1425; late ME < AF compleignant (prp. of compleindre). See COMPLAIN, ANT] * * * …   Universalium

  • complainant — noun the party that brings a civil lawsuit against another; the plaintiff …   Wiktionary

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