Definition of plaint in English:


Syllabification: plaint
Pronunciation: /plānt


British Law
  • 1An accusation; a charge.
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    • There was only one plaint in the District Court but two appeals in the Court of Appeal.
    • In the absence of a formal plaint there is no legal basis to press further charges.
    • What they did not tell the court is that at the time they lodged their plaint, KCA had no officials, and a Normalisation Committee had been registered.
  • 1.1chiefly • literary A complaint; a lamentation.
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    • The plaint is old and familiar, but not misplaced or ill-timed.
    • So great was the indignation that the empty plaints of a few celebrities who groused about leaving the country in 2000 became a popular badge of outrage last week.
    • To you I come to make my plaint, good sire In the presence of the barons of your empire.


Middle English: from Old French plainte, feminine past participle of plaindre 'complain', or from Old French plaint, from Latin planctus 'beating of the breast'.

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