Definition of informant in English:

informant

noun

  • 1A person who gives information to another.

    • ‘They didn't have enough up-to-date intelligence about what was going on; their informants were not reliable.’
    • ‘As spectators, Geough's informants occupy so many god-like vantage points throughout the course of the saga that it is difficult to conceive of them actually having been in any particular one of them.’
    • ‘The judgments in the table below should not be taken too seriously, as they represent only my memory of the answers given by perhaps half a dozen informants, all of whom were American students or faculty.’
    • ‘In 1854, Rae heard about the expedition's end from Inuit informants and obtained relics that had certainly come from Franklin's crew.’
    • ‘An even greater difficulty with Doreen Kartinyeri's claim is that Auntie Rose, Nanna Laura and Grandmother Sally, the three women she named as her informants, were all Christians.’
    • ‘My informants have been searching for the CD's of new Tamil releases but none has so far hit the markets’.’
    • ‘The caller, one of my informants, tells me that a Democratic Party leader has decided to resign.’
    • ‘Changing the names of respondents is not enough in this context; it is difficult to disguise the identity of some informants or organizations without changing the meaning of their roles.’
    • ‘Also the experiment may have been actually performed by his informant, though the informant may just have relied on other well credentialed chemists.’
    • ‘If they do not do so, that duty falls upon other qualified informants, which includes anyone present at the birth or having charge of the child.’
    • ‘Galster meets with one of his informants, a former go-go girl based in Pattaya, a hub of black-market activity.’
    • ‘Tripartism allows them to extend their oversight by using other stakeholders as informants and agents for change.’
    • ‘My informants tell me that this had very little to do with the company.’
    • ‘Columbus records it during his very first voyage as the name of a people whom his informants fear for their ferocity.’
    reference, authority
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    1. 1.1
      another term for informer
      • ‘Illinois is pondering legislation that would require pretrial reliability hearings before prosecutors could use jailhouse informants as witnesses.’
      • ‘Some indication will be sought from the police as to when the informant is likely to come under the jurisdiction of the Prison Service.'’
      • ‘Rote offerings of lower sentences won't yield the same payoff - in either cooperation rates or crime reduction - that developing a rapport with informants will.’
      • ‘However, as the lengthy quotation from his work above suggests, he was regularly able to secure from his informants details of others whom it would be useful for him to consult.’
      • ‘Senior figures who may have had access to the intelligence material flowing to the special branch from informants have been asked if there is any information that could shed light on the episode.’
      • ‘But no such objective has been put forward in this case, nor are some of the more obvious ones, such as national security or the protection of informants, relevant.’
      • ‘Most prison informants are of bad character and willing to lie in their own interests.’
      • ‘The documents contained sensitive information on informants, north west criminal gangs and even bank accounts detailing payments for information.’
      • ‘Thompson's court-appointed lawyer didn't try to impeach the informants, so the jury never knew there was reason to doubt them.’
      • ‘Meanwhile, in the online world, sites have rarely cast users as either informants or private attorneys general able to punish breaches of website contracts and rules.’
      • ‘FBI agents and confidential informants infiltrated antiwar organizations at every level to gather the names of those who opposed the nation's policy.’
      • ‘They accused him of too heavily relying on facts learned from informants who had helped build the government's criminal case against the defendants.’
      • ‘Indeed, the movement of such people can easily be monitored by informants and police officers out of uniform.’
      • ‘Undercover officers, secret agents, and informants were used to purchase drugs.’
      • ‘Crimes are solved by culling the group of people ‘known’ to commit offences of a certain type, or by cultivation of informants.’
      • ‘‘I'm sorry, they're never going to be angels,’ he said about informants.’
      • ‘Fulton was linked to the killing through police informants, not through forensics.’
      • ‘It may also be necessary to protect the lives of informants or intelligence operatives.’
      • ‘Treating terrorism like organised crime, investigators used informants, turncoat terrorists, telephone bugs and confessions to build the case.’
      • ‘It has been claimed that information supplied by an informant to the Special Branch in Dublin, which if acted upon might have thwarted the terrorists, was never passed to the RUC.’
      • ‘But that and any impact which that might have on the operation of the system, including the disclosure of the identity of its inmates or the effectiveness of informants is not a matter for me.’
    2. 1.2 A person from whom a linguist or anthropologist obtains information about language, dialect, or culture.
      • ‘He and his informants converse largely in Swahili, and their cosmological references reach even beyond the boundaries of Tanzania and Mozambique.’
      • ‘It seems very likely that different responses would have been obtained from the same informants, with variation in the context of questioning.’
      • ‘To help ensure that I accomplished the latter goal, I discussed and modified the framework based on conversations with key informants.’
      • ‘The informants for this research were obtained from Girl Scout councils in the Southeast who worked full-time as outdoor program directors/camp directors.’
      • ‘My informants, many of whom I have known for more than a decade, digressed through contradictory narrations.’
      • ‘Birame plays the part of a native informant who can ‘translate’ the local culture for her.’
      • ‘Two scores were obtained from each informant's version of the scale: the Number of Conflicts and the Mean Anger Intensity.’
      • ‘The ethnographer becomes more than participant-observer, the informants more than informants, resulting in a hybrid text that is more than/other than ethnography.’
      • ‘The anthropologist Hurston invites informants to play an active role in developing the text.’
      • ‘If Moses' claims are true, the next question that comes to mind is: Are there other Native informants out there?’
      • ‘The negative attitude towards chatting is generally characteristic of older informants while teen informants were generally more open to chatting.’
      • ‘The researchers interviewed family members or other knowledgeable informants, using a sample representing 1.97 million deaths from chronic illness in the United States in 2000.’
      • ‘Before Malinowski, anthropologists relied either on secondary sources or on paid informants for their data.’
      • ‘By using the CBCL, TRF, and YSR, observations on the problem behaviors of a specific child can be obtained from different informants.’
      • ‘Studying Judaism is like visiting a far-off society whose native informants are the Rabbis, and whose testimony about what Jews think and do is available in the books those rabbis wrote.’
      • ‘I have also twice had the experience of suddenly recognizing the description of another anthropologist's informant as a mutual friend.’
      • ‘The sampling of informants in ethnographic research is often a combination of convenience sampling and snowball sampling.’
      • ‘In fact, the promise of sexual access to outgroup women has often been identified by anthropologists, ethnographers, and native informants as a primary instigator of conflict in prestate societies.’
      • ‘Interviewers who could speak and read the informants ' language obtained household, socioeconomic, and personal information and information on health and use of health services.’
      • ‘The former involve a description of linguistic structures, usually based on utterances elicited from native-speaking informants.’

Pronunciation

informant

/ɪnˈfɔːmənt/