Meaning of “claimant” in the English Dictionary

"claimant" in English

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claimantnoun [ C ]

uk /ˈkleɪ.mənt/ us /ˈkleɪ.mənt/

Examples from literature

  • If the claim is approved, payment is made through the local union to the legal claimants. The majority of the unions paying disability benefits, as a precautionary measure specify the time within which claims for disability must be filed. 
  • It is perfectly clear that the only pretexts for giving this claimant a pension are military service, old age, and poverty. 
  • Kings have rarely been able to abstain from acts of severity against those who might become claimants to the throne. 
  • The British claimants of the territory, finding that American immigration was increasing, began to bring settlers from the Red River of the North. 
  • The claimants were the reigning King, and the mother, brother, and sister of the deceased widow. 

(Definition of “claimant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"claimant" in Business English

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claimantnoun [ C ]

/ˈkleɪmənt/ uk us

INSURANCE a person or company that requests or receives payment from an insurance company for an accident, illness, damage to property, etc.:

For medical malpractice insurance claims that we paid, fewer than 10% had a payout of $1 million or more.

a person who requests or receives payment of money that a government, organization, or company owes them:

Tax credit payments are calculated according to the claimant's yearly income.

also plaintiff LAW a person who goes to court to make a legal complaint against someone else:

The claimant commenced this action to recover damages that were sustained while working for the defendant.

LAW someone who demands the right to be the legal owner of a particular property, payment, or title:

He was declared the legitimate claimant to the throne.

(Definition of “claimant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)