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Sworn statement filed by a party (the complainant, petitioner, or plaintiff) to a court to commence litigation against another party (the accused, defendant, or respondent) in a civil lawsuit. Complaint sets forth the alleged grounds (allegations) for the case and request for award of relief (damages) or recovery of some asset such as money or property. In criminal cases the complaint is filed by the public prosecutor, a government official. Also called petition.

Use 'complaint' in a Sentence

After the company failed to fulfill their obligations, the patron filed a complaint with the local civil court to try to salvage the money which he had spent.
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I submitted a complaint to the owner of the restaurant because all the people that worked for him were lazy and incompetent at their job.
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As the television network's programs grew more risqu�, executives knew hardly a day would go by without at least one complaint from a viewer or conservative coalition member .
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