Complaint meaning

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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.
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The act of complaining; utterance of pain, displeasure, annoyance, etc.
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I have no complaints about the quality of his work, but I don't enjoy his company.

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An illness; ailment.
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A bodily disorder or disease; a malady or ailment.
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The symptom or distress about which a patient seeks medical assistance.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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(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.
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(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.
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A consumer complaint.
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A bodily disorder or disease; the symptom of such a disorder.

Don't come too close, I've got this nasty complaint.

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A cause or reason for complaining; a grievance.

What is your complaint?

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A subject or cause for complaining; grievance.
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(law) A pleading setting forth the plaintiff's case or cause of action; formal charge or accusation.
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A complaint that substitutes for the original complaint and adds to, corrects, revises, or subtracts from the alleged facts contained in the original complaint.
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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.

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An expression of pain, dissatisfaction, or resentment.
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Origin of complaint

  • Middle English compleinte from Old French complainte from feminine past participle of complaindre to complain complain

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English compleynte, from Anglo-Norman compleint, from compleindre.

    From Wiktionary