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.

    Etymology: From informans, participle of informo.

  2. informantnoun

    One who provides information about their language.

    Etymology: From informans, participle of informo.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Informantverb

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

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

  2. Informantverb

    one who imparts information or instruction

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

  3. Informantverb

    one who offers an accusation; an informer. See Informer

    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. Ron Johnson:

    That secret society -- we have an informant that's talking about a group that were holding secret meetings offsite.

  2. 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 !

  3. 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?

  4. Jamil Jaffer:

    Was this a foreign agent or criminal who turned? Was this a private individual the FBI placed inside [the deal]? Was this a government employee? All these factors, plus the level of the informant’s access to relevant information, will make a big difference here.

  5. Noor Salman:

    Salman's defense attorneys argued those statements weren't accurate. On March 20, the mother of Mateen's friend, known only by the nickname Nemo, testified in court. She discussed the pair's relationship, and told the court her son was working that night in Washington, D.C., and had not been with Seddique Mateen. Jurors got a deeper look into Mateen's past on March 21 as they searched through Seddique Mateen browser history, which includedISIS propaganda and beheading videos. They also flipped through photos taken inside Seddique Mateen Florida home. Final text messages between the couple were then read aloud in court. Noor Salman texted Seddique Mateen twice during Seddique Mateen hours-long standoff with police, asking, Where are you ? Seddique Mateen responded, You heard what happened. ???? Noor Salman replied. What happened ?! Noor Salman texted. I love you babe, Seddique Mateen wrote in Seddique Mateen last text message at 4:29 a.m. Habibi what happened ?! Noor Salman wrote, using an Arabic term of endearment. Your mom said that she said to come over and you never did. On March 22, jurors watched security footage of Noor Salman standing by Noor Salman husband's side -- with their young son close by -- as Seddique Mateen bought ammunition at Walmart. I knew Seddique Mateen was preparing for Jihad when Seddique Mateen bought the rifle, was going to the range to shoot, was spending a lot of money and bought the ammunition, i saw these things as a green light for Seddique Mateen to do an act of violence. On March 24, lawyers revealed that Mateen's dad was a secret FBI informant for more than a decade -- a revelation that led to immediate calls by the defense for a mistrial. Seddique Mateen was a FBI confidential human source at various points in time between January 2005 and June 2016.

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