Definition of complainant in English:

complainant

noun

British
Law
  • A plaintiff in certain lawsuits.

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

Late Middle English: from French complaignant, present participle of complaindre ‘to lament’ (see complain).

Pronunciation

complainant

/kəmˈpleɪnənt/