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Meaning of complaint by Wiktionary Dictionary



    • IPA: /kʌmˈpleɪnt/, SAMPA: /kVm"pleInt/
    • Rhymes: -eɪnt


    Middle English compleynte < Anglo-Norman compleint, from compleindre .


    complaint ( plural: complaints )

    1. a grievance, problem, difficulty, or concern; the act of complaining
      I have no complaints about the quality of his work, but I don't enjoy his company .
    2. ( law ) In a civil action, the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim is based;
      The purpose is to give notice to the adversary of the nature and basis of the claim asserted .
    3. ( law ) In criminal law, the preliminary charge or accusation made by one person against another to the appropriate court or officer, usually a magistrate.
      However, court proceedings, such as a trial, cannot be instituted until an indictment or information has been handed down against the defendant .
    4. a consumer complaint
    5. a bodily disorder or disease; the symptom of such a disorder
      Don't come too close, I've got this nasty complaint .


Explanation of complaint by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. a pleading describing some wrong or offense

    2. the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based

    3. an expression of grievance or resentment

    4. a loud cry ( or repeated cries ) of pain or rage or sorrow

    5. an often persistent bodily disorder or disease

    Definition of complaint by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Complaint ( kŏmplānt ), n. [F. complainte. See Complain.]
      1. Expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment; lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault-finding.

      I poured out my complaint before him. Ps. cxlii. 2.

      Grievous complaints of you. Shak.

      2. Cause or subject of complaint or murmuring.

      The poverty of the clergy in England hath been the complaint of all who wish well to the church. Swift.

      3. An ailment or disease of the body.

      One in a complaint of his bowels. Arbuthnot.

      4. ( Law ) A formal allegation or charge against a party made or presented to the appropriate court or officer, as for a wrong done or a crime committed ( in the latter case, generally under oath ); an information; accusation; the initial bill in proceedings in equity.

      Syn. -- Lamentation; murmuring; sorrow; grief; disease; illness; disorder; malady; ailment.