What does informant mean?

Definitions for informant
ɪnˈfɔr məntin·for·mant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. informant, sourcenoun

    a person who supplies information

  2. witness, witnesser, informantnoun

    someone who sees an event and reports what happened


  1. informantnoun

    One who relays confidential information to someone, especially to the police; an informer.

  2. informantnoun

    One who provides information about their language.

  3. Etymology: From informans, participle of informo.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Informantnoun

    Etymology: French.

    He believes the sentence is true, as it is made up of terms which his informant understands, though the ideas be unknown to him which his informant has under these words. Isaac Watts.


  1. Informant

    An informant (also called an informer or, as a slang term, a “snitch”) is a person who provides privileged information about a person or organization to an agency. The term is usually used within the law-enforcement world, where informants are officially known as confidential human sources (CHS), or criminal informants (CI). It can also refer pejoratively to someone who supplies information without the consent of the involved parties. The term is commonly used in politics, industry, entertainment, and academia.In the United States, a confidential informant or "CI" is "any individual who provides useful and credible information to a law enforcement agency regarding felonious criminal activities and from whom the agency expects or intends to obtain additional useful and credible information regarding such activities in the future".


  1. informant

    An informant is a person who provides confidential and specific information or intelligence, often about criminal activities, to an entity such as law enforcement, an intelligence agency, or a news organization. This information is typically provided covertly and in exchange for money or immunity from prosecution. Informants can also exist in other contexts such as research or journalism.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Informantverb

    one who, or that which, informs, animates, or vivifies

  2. Informantverb

    one who imparts information or instruction

  3. Informantverb

    one who offers an accusation; an informer. See Informer

  4. Etymology: [L. informans, -antis, p. pr. of informare. See Inform, v. t.]


  1. Informant

    An informant is a person who provides privileged information about a person or organization to an agency. The term is usually used within the law enforcement world, where they are officially known as confidential or criminal informants, and can often refer pejoratively to the supply of information without the consent of the other parties with the intent of malicious, personal or financial gain. However, the term is used in politics, industry and academia.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. informant

    In case a civil person is the complainant, he becomes the principal witness before a court-martial, and after giving his evidence may remain in court, in order that the judge-advocate may refer to him.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of informant in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of informant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Examples of informant in a Sentence

  1. The Fit Man:

    ForThe Informant!he put on a ton of really bad weight, that was the character. He was a middle-aged American white guy who eats at Burger King four or five times a week.

  2. Joe Turner:

    The paid informant tried to get him to do a lot of bad and violent things that he rejected.

  3. David Clarke:

    If people don’t trust you, they’re not going to work with you. … We have to rely on informants, the biggest concern of any informant is they don’t want to be outed.

  4. Kgalalelo Masibi:

    Security Services say that 95 percent of the time the informant is incorrect. But what if this falls under the 5 percent that is correct?

  5. Andrew McCarthy:

    Wow, word seems to be coming out that the Obama FBI' SPIED ON THE TRUMP CAMPAIGN WITH AN EMBEDDED INFORMANT.' Andrew McCarthy says,' There's probably no doubt that they had at least one confidential informant in the campaign.' If so, this is bigger than Watergate !

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