Incorrect spelling, explanation:
complaintant seems like a plausible word because the noun complaint is often used in English. It is worth remembering, however, that in the case of words created by adding the suffix ant (the person who…), the base word is usually a verb, not a noun. In this case, this would not be complaint, then, but complain, therefore complainant is the correct spelling.
Correct spelling, explanation: complainant is a word based on the verb to complain and the suffix -ant, which means a person, so the word literally means the person who complains. The word-forming process here is pretty straightforward, as complainant does not require any more adjusting.
Definition of complainant:
1. a person who makes a legal complaint
The complainant had a solid case against the opposition.
The judge dismissed the complainant’s arguments.
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This was the basis I needed to learn: base word is a verb and not a noun and the suffix is added. Now I understand.
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