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Meaning of complaint

com•plaint

Pronunciation: (kum-plānt'), [key]
— n.
  1. an expression of discontent, regret, pain, censure, resentment, or grief; lament; faultfinding: his complaint about poor schools.
  2. a cause of discontent, pain, grief, lamentation, etc.
  3. a cause of bodily pain or ailment; malady: The doctor says I suffer from a rare complaint.
  4. the first pleading of the plaintiff in a civil action, stating the cause of action.
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