- 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.
- 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 of complaintMiddle English complainte ; from Old French ; from complaindre
- An expression of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
- A cause or reason for complaining; a grievance: What is your complaint?
- a. A bodily disorder or disease; a malady or ailment.b. The symptom or distress about which a patient seeks medical assistance.
- Law a. A formal statement initiating a lawsuit by specifying the facts and legal grounds for the relief sought.b. A formal charge, made under oath, of the commission of a crime or other such offense.
Origin of complaintMiddle English compleinte, from Old French complainte, from feminine past participle of complaindre, to complain; see complain.
- 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.
- (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.
- (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.
- A consumer complaint.
- A bodily disorder or disease; the symptom of such a disorder.
- Don't come too close, I've got this nasty complaint.
complaint - Legal Definition
The initial pleading of a plaintiff in a civil action that identifies the court’s jurisdiction, the alleged facts that entitle the plaintiff to relief, and the relief sought. See also ad damnum clause, bill, petition, and prayer.amended complaint
A complaint that substitutes for the original complaint and adds to, corrects, revises, or subtracts from the alleged facts contained in the original complaint.criminal complaint
A document, signed and sworn to by a victim or witness to a crime or by a police officer, alleging facts that give rise to a reasonable belief that a crime has been committed and that a person named in the instrument committed that crime. Also called a complaint.third-party complaint
A complaint by the defendant in a civil action against a person or entity who is not a party to the proceeding, to whom the defendant alleges a right of contribution or indemnity from that person, should the defendant be found liable to the plaintiff. See also action.well-pleaded complaint
A complaint in a civil action that identifies the court’s jurisdiction, the alleged facts that entitle the plaintiff to relief, and the relief sought in a manner sufficient for the defendant to respond to the issues contained therein.