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  1. :In a civil action, the first pleading of the plaintiff setting out the facts on which the claim is based;<br>The purpose is to give notice to the adversary of the nature and basis of the claim asserted.
  2. :In Criminal law, the preliminary charge or accusation made by one person against another to the appropriate court or officer, usually a magistrate.<br>However, court proceedings, such as a trial, cannot be instituted until an indictment or information has been handed down against the defendant.
  3. a grievance, problem, difficulty, or concern; the act of complaining
I have no complaints about the quality of his work, but I don't enjoy his company.
  1. a bodily disorder or disease; the symptom of such a disorder
Don't come too close, I've got this nasty .
    Etymology: compleynte < compleint, from compleindre.

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