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Definitions of complaint

  1. an often persistent bodily disorder or disease; a cause for complaining
  2. ( criminal law) a pleading describing some wrong or offense; " he was arrested on a charge of larceny"
  3. ( civil law) the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim for relief is based
  4. an expression of grievance or resentment
  5. ( formerly) a loud cry ( or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
  6. Expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment; lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault- finding.
  7. Cause or subject of complaint or murmuring.
  8. An ailment or disease of the body.
  9. A formal allegation or charge against a party made or presented to the appropriate court or officer, as for a wrong done or a crime committed ( in the latter case, generally under oath); an information; accusation; the initial bill in proceedings in equity.
  10. Papers filed with a court clerk by the plaintiff to initiate a lawsuit by setting out facts and legal claims ( usually called causes of action). In some states and in some types of legal actions, such as divorce, complaints are called petitions and the person filing is called the petitioner. To complete the initial stage of a lawsuit, the plaintiff's complaint must be served on the defendant, who then has the opportunity to respond by filing an answer. In practice, few lawyers prepare complaints from scratch. Instead they use -- and sometimes modify -- pre- drafted complaints widely available in form books.
  11. In law, a formal charge against a party; an expression of grief or pain; ailment.
  12. A complaining: an expression of grief: a representation of pains or injuries: a finding fault: the thing complained of.
  13. An expression or grief, pain, or injury; accusation; disease.
  14. A statement of grievance or injury.
  15. A grievance.
  16. A physical ailment; disease.
  17. Expression of grief, regret pain, censure, or resentment; cause or subject of complaint; pain and uneasiness in the body; disease representation of injuries; accusation.
  18. Expression of grief, regret, & c.; murmuring; fault- finding; a bodily ailment; a charge against any one or a thing, & c.
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Usage examples for complaint

  1. Have you a complaint to make? – The Brother of Daphne by Dornford Yates
  2. Before that day on which I did these things was there complaint or cause for it? – The Weavers, Complete by Gilbert Parker Last Updated: March 14, 2009
  3. But in this instance, there was never one word of complaint – History of the Dewitt guard, company A, 50th regiment National guard, state of New York by Unknown
  4. He had tried to show the Indians that they had no complaint no cause for war, unless it was the one incident at Fort Frontenac. – The Road to Frontenac by Samuel Merwin
  5. Your conviction will, therefore, leave you no room for complaint so far as your trial is concerned. – Dot and the Kangaroo by Ethel C. Pedley
  6. You've a very bad complaint said the doctor: what d'ye think it is? – Poor Jack by Frederick Marryat
  7. Then this communication can hardly be in reference to any complaint that Cantor may have lodged against me. – Dave Darrin at Vera Cruz by H. Irving Hancock
  8. 1353. Then the complaint you have to make is only about what is past? – Second Shetland Truck System Report by William Guthrie
  9. For instance, some complaint would be brought forward, and in the early days the question would come: " Is this your own kick, or is it all of our kick?" – The Trade Union Woman by Alice Henry
  10. You haven't even told her what her complaint is yet; and it's worth ten dollars to get out of that. – Twenty Years of Hus'ling by J. P. Johnston
  11. Taking one of the blanks, and a pen, Dave Darrin filled out the complaint against himself, and turned it over. – Dave Darrin's First Year at Annapolis by H. Irving Hancock
  12. Indeed, it was a family complaint – Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles by Mrs. Henry Wood
  13. You have no complaint to make, Monsieur Scutamour? – Springhaven A Tale of the Great War by R. D. Blackmore
  14. " I hain't got no complaint to make," he said. – Dixie Hart by Will N. Harben
  15. Let me see, she said reflectively; what was my complaint yesterday? – Free Joe and Other Georgian Sketches by Joel Chandler Harris
  16. The complaint against the other course is a very old one. – The Complete PG Works of Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. by Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. (The Physician and Poet not the Jurist)
  17. It is the complaint of the Wentworths, you know- we all die of it; but, Frank, tell me what is this about Jack? – The Perpetual Curate by Mrs [Margaret] Oliphant
  18. But I know now that she never wanted to make any complaint of him to me. – Ideala by Sarah Grand
  19. If she's gettin' the complaint worse she must be sickenin' for something. – The Peace of Roaring River by George van Schaick
  20. Also, the next time he has a complaint to make let him come himself and lay it before me. – Long Odds by Harold Bindloss
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