Definition of complainant in English:



  • A plaintiff in certain lawsuits.

    • ‘No evidence was to be called for the defence impugning the complainant's reliability.’
    • ‘Mr Howell stated he was unsure as to whether the complainant would withdraw his complaint.’
    • ‘The jury had seen the three complainants in the witness box for an extensive period.’
    • ‘The purpose of the Tribunal is not confined to matters between the complainant and the solicitor.’
    • ‘Subsequent board decisions relating to the complaint should be notified to the complainant.’
    • ‘The complainant's credibility is central to the issue of the appellant's guilt.’
    • ‘The taxi driver gave evidence that the complainant was crying and upset throughout the journey.’
    • ‘The appellant met all three complainants in turn on that beach.’
    • ‘The jury had every opportunity to assess the credibility of the witnesses, both complainants and appellant.’
    • ‘One problem is a justice system that fails young people, both complainants and defendants.’
    • ‘Both the complainant and the defendant were in the witness box over two days.’
    • ‘The Act established procedures for resolving minor complaints informally, if complainants agree to this.’
    • ‘In the event, no evidence was given by the complainant or the appellant about these matters.’
    • ‘He now accepts that a reasonable person would think that his conduct would cause the complainants to fear that violence would be used.’
    • ‘The delay was in the complainant not reporting it, not in the prosecution failing to prosecute it.’
    • ‘The judge then questioned the complainant, asking questions upon the topics which he had been asked to.’
    • ‘It avoided the necessity of both complainants testifying at his trial.’
    • ‘All of this activity allegedly took place in the presence of both complainants and the accused.’
    • ‘The role of active citizenship would be amply demonstrated, without having to afford complainants full legal party status.’
    • ‘The appellant knew how he had behaved towards the complainants.’
    litigator, opponent in law, opponent, contestant, contender, disputant, plaintiff, claimant, complainant, petitioner, appellant, respondent, party, interest, defendant, accused
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Late Middle English: from French complaignant, present participle of complaindre to lament (see complain).