Definition of Complaint

1. Noun. An often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining.

Exact synonyms: Ailment, Ill
Generic synonyms: Disorder, Upset
Specialized synonyms: Pip, Kinetosis, Motion Sickness
Derivative terms: Ail, Ail

2. Noun. (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow.
Generic synonyms: Cry, Yell
Specialized synonyms: Exclamation, Lament, Lamentation, Plaint, Wail

3. Noun. An expression of grievance or resentment.
Generic synonyms: Objection
Specialized synonyms: Grievance, Grumble, Grumbling, Murmur, Murmuring, Mutter, Muttering, Jeremiad, Kvetch, Pet Peeve, Whimper, Whine
Derivative terms: Complain

4. Noun. (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based.
Generic synonyms: Pleading
Specialized synonyms: Libel
Category relationships: Civil Law
Derivative terms: Complain

5. Noun. (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense. "He was arrested on a charge of larceny"
Exact synonyms: Charge
Category relationships: Criminal Law
Generic synonyms: Pleading
Specialized synonyms: Accusal, Accusation
Group relationships: Bill Of Indictment, Indictment
Derivative terms: Charge, Charge, Complain

Definition of Complaint

1. n. Expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment; lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault-finding.

Definition of Complaint

1. Noun. a grievance, problem, difficulty, or concern; the act of complaining ¹

2. Noun. (legal) In a civil action, the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim is based;
The purpose is to give notice to the adversary of the nature and basis of the claim asserted. ¹

3. Noun. (legal) In criminal law, the preliminary charge or accusation made by one person against another to the appropriate court or officer, usually a magistrate.
However, court proceedings, such as a trial, cannot be instituted until an indictment or information has been handed down against the defendant. ¹

4. Noun. a consumer complaint ¹

5. Noun. a bodily disorder or disease; the symptom of such a disorder ¹

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Definition of Complaint

1. [n -S]

Medical Definition of Complaint

1. A disorder, disease, or symptom, or the description of it. Origin: O. Fr. Complainte, fr. L. Complango, to lament (05 Mar 2000)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Complaint

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Literary usage of Complaint

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1. United States Supreme Court Reports by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company, United States Supreme Court (1912)
"On the contrary, the order of the court is, that the decree entered in the court below, dismissing the bill of 733*] "complaint, be affirmed; and it must be ..."

2. Proceedings by Natural Gas Association of America, Modern Language Association of America (1921)
"This form of complaint is used only in connection with inquiries pertaining to errors in field, distributing or other office reports and is separate from ..."

3. Estee's Pleadings, Practice, and Forms: Adapted to Actions and Special by Morris March Estee (1885)
"I have read the complaint filed in this action, and know the contents thereof, and I have information as to all the matters stated therein [give sources of ..."

4. Censura Literaria: Containing Titles, Abstracts, and Opinions of Old English by Egerton Brydges (1815)
"J, HM St. Peter's complaint newly augmented^ with other poems; ... Saint Peter's complaint, with other poems. Edinburgh printed by Robert Walde-grave, ..."

5. Reliques of Ancient English Poetry by Thomas Percy (1887)
"I.—THE complaint OF CONSCIENCE. I SHALL begin this Third Book with an old allegoric satire, ... The following song, entitled The complaint of Conscience, ..."

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