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Definition: Claimant


Quick Summary of Claimant

someone who claims a benefit or right or title

What is the dictionary definition of Claimant?

Dictionary Definition

  1. One who claims; one who makes a claim.
  2. U.K. A person receiving money from the government, in a form of unemployment benefits, disability benefits or similar.
  3. legal The party who initiates a lawsuit before a court.

Full Definition of Claimant

The party that initiates a lawsuit (also known as an ‘action’) before a court. By doing so, the claimant seeks a legal remedy; if successful, the court will issue a judgment in his favour and make the appropriate court order (e.g. an order for damages). Following the Woolf reforms of the civil justice system in the late 1990s, the term ‘claimant’ is now preferred to ‘plaintiff’ but has precisely the same meaning.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
Claimant. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd.
February 09, 2023
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
Claimant. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: February 09, 2023).
American Psychological Association (APA):
Claimant. Retrieved February 09, 2023
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Definition Sources

Definitions for Claimant are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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