Gravamen

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Definition: Gravamen


Quick Summary of Gravamen


Gravamen a complaint or grievance, the ground of a legal action, and particularly the more serious part of a charge against an accused person.




What is the dictionary definition of Gravamen?

Dictionary Definition


n. Latin for “to weigh down,” the basic gist of every claim (cause of action) or charge in a complaint filed to begin a lawsuit. Example: in an accident case, the gravamen may be the negligence of the defendant, and in a contract case, it may be the breach of the defendant.

The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a complaint.


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Definition Sources


Definitions for Gravamen 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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