Complaint Definition

kəm-plānt
complaints
noun
complaints
The act of complaining; utterance of pain, displeasure, annoyance, etc.
Webster's New World
A subject or cause for complaining; grievance.
Webster's New World
An illness; ailment.
Webster's New World
The symptom or distress about which a patient seeks medical assistance.
American Heritage Medicine
A formal statement initiating a lawsuit by specifying the facts and legal grounds for the relief sought.
American Heritage
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other
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.
Webster's New World Law
A complaint that substitutes for the original complaint and adds to, corrects, revises, or subtracts from the alleged facts contained in the original complaint.
Webster's New World Law

Other Word Forms of Complaint

Noun

Singular:
complaint
Plural:
complaints

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

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