What does complaint mean?

Definitions for complaint

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. ailment, complaint, ill(noun)

    an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

  2. complaint(noun)

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

  3. complaint(noun)

    an expression of grievance or resentment

  4. complaint(noun)

    (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based

  5. charge, complaint(noun)

    (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense

    "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"


  1. complaint(Noun)

    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. complaint(Noun)

    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. complaint(Noun)

    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. complaint(Noun)

    a consumer complaint

  5. complaint(Noun)

    a bodily disorder or disease; the symptom of such a disorder

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

  6. Origin: compleynte, from compleint, from compleindre.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Complaint(noun)

    expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment; lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault-finding

  2. Complaint(noun)

    cause or subject of complaint or murmuring

  3. Complaint(noun)

    an ailment or disease of the body

  4. Complaint(noun)

    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


  1. Complaint

    In legal terminology, a complaint is any formal legal document that sets out the facts and legal reasons that the filing party or parties believes are sufficient to support a claim against the party or parties against whom the claim is brought that entitles the plaintiff to a remedy ]. For example, the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure that govern civil litigation in United States courts provide that a civil action is commenced with the filing or service of a pleading called a complaint. Civil court rules in states that have incorporated the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure use the same term for the same pleading. In some jurisdictions, specific types of criminal cases may also be commenced by the filing of a complaint, also sometimes called a criminal complaint or felony complaint. All criminal cases are prosecuted in the name of the governmental authority that promulgates criminal statutes and enforces the police power of the state with the goal of seeking criminal sanctions, such as the State or Crown. In the United States, the complaint is often associated with misdemeanor criminal charges presented by the prosecutor without the grand jury process. In most U.S. jurisdictions, the charging instrument presented to and authorized by a grand jury is referred to as an indictment.

British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complaint' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4187

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'complaint' in Nouns Frequency: #1008

How to pronounce complaint?

  1. Alex
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How to say complaint in sign language?

  1. complaint


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of complaint in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of complaint in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Examples of complaint in a Sentence

  1. Dani Lever:

    We are reviewing the complaint.

  2. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Art is apotheosis; often, the complaint of beauty.

  3. Jose Luis Icedo:

    In the case of strays, there is nobody to file a complaint.

  4. Oliver Wendell Holmes:

    Life is a fatal complaint, and an eminently contagious one.

  5. Nadia Kinani:

    I have been in touch with the police and I will file a complaint.

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