Complaint

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Complaint Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0


  • (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
  • (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
  • an expression of grievance or resentment
  • (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
  • an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining

Definitions from Wiktionary


  • an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining ,
  • (formerly) a loud cry (or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow ,
  • an expression of grievance or resentment ,
  • (civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based ,
  • (criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; "he was arrested on a charge of larceny"

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Complaint Meaning and Definition in Wikipedia


In legal terminology, a complaint is any formal legal document that establishes the facts and legal reasons for a lawsuit. A complaint must list the reasons for the plaintiff's case, and it must ask for a specific legal remedy.

In some jurisdictions, specific types of criminal cases may also be started by the filing of a complaint. This is also called a criminal complaint or felony complaint. All criminal cases are prosecuted in the name of the governmental authority. This is the same authority whose criminal laws were broken and who enforces criminal statutes. The government is sometimes called the state, the People or the Crown (in Commonwealth realms). In the United States, the complaint is often associated with misdemeanor charges presented by the prosecutor without the grand jury process. In most US jurisdictions, the document presented to and authorized by a grand jury is called an indictment.



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* First love is a kind of vaccination which saves a man from catching the complaint a second time. - Honore' de Balzac

* A little less complaint and whining, and a little more dogged work and manly striving, would do us more credit than a thousand civil rights bills. - W. E. B. Du Bois


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