- The definition of a complaint is an expression of, or the cause of, pain, anger, discontent, regret or annoyance.
- An example of complaint is a statement about how poorly a certain shop runs its business.
- An example of complaint is a major fault in a chain restaurant.
complaint definition by Webster's New World
- the act of complaining; utterance of pain, displeasure, annoyance, etc.
- a subject or cause for complaining; grievance
- an illness; ailment
- Law a pleading setting forth the plaintiff's case or cause of action; formal charge or accusation
Origin: Middle English complainte ; from Old French ; from complaindre
complaint definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- An expression of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
- A cause or reason for complaining; a grievance.
- a. A bodily disorder or disease; a malady or ailment.b. The symptom or distress about which a patient seeks medical assistance.
- Law a. The presentation by the plaintiff in a civil action, setting forth the claim on which relief is sought.b. A formal charge, made under oath, of the commission of a crime or other such offense.
Origin: Middle English compleinte, from Old French complainte, from feminine past participle of complaindre, to complain; see complain.
complaint - Business Definition
- The first pleading of a plaintiff in a civil action.
- A formal charge of a crime.
- A criticism. For example, a customer who feels she was treated rudely may file a complaint with the manager.
complaint - Legal Definition