Definitions of complaint

  1. an expression of grievance or resentment
  2. ( formerly) a loud cry ( or repeated cries) of pain or rage or sorrow
  3. Expression of grief, regret, pain, censure, or resentment; lamentation; murmuring; accusation; fault- finding.
  4. Cause or subject of complaint or murmuring.
  5. An ailment or disease of the body.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. In law, a formal charge against a party; an expression of grief or pain; ailment.
  9. A complaining: an expression of grief: a representation of pains or injuries: a finding fault: the thing complained of.
  10. An expression or grief, pain, or injury; accusation; disease.
  11. A statement of grievance or injury.
  12. A grievance.
  13. A physical ailment; disease.
  14. Expression of grief, regret pain, censure, or resentment; cause or subject of complaint; pain and uneasiness in the body; disease representation of injuries; accusation.
  15. Expression of grief, regret, & c.; murmuring; fault- finding; a bodily ailment; a charge against any one or a thing, & c.