Gravamens
Gravamen Gra*va"men, n.; pl. L. {Gravamina , E. {Gravamens}. [L., fr. gravare to load, burden, fr. gravis heavy, weighty. See {Grave}, a.] (Law) The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a complaint. Bouvier. [1913 Webster]

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  • gravamens — gra·va·men || grÉ™ veɪmen n. accusation; complaint, protest …   English contemporary dictionary

  • Gravamen — Gra*va men, n.; pl. L. {Gravamina , E. {Gravamens}. [L., fr. gravare to load, burden, fr. gravis heavy, weighty. See {Grave}, a.] (Law) The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or essence of a …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gravamina — Gravamen Gra*va men, n.; pl. L. {Gravamina , E. {Gravamens}. [L., fr. gravare to load, burden, fr. gravis heavy, weighty. See {Grave}, a.] (Law) The grievance complained of; the substantial cause of the action; also, in general, the ground or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • gravamen — [grə vā′mən] n. pl. gravamens or gravamina [grəvam′i nə] [LL, lit., a burden, trouble < L gravare, to weigh down < gravis: see GRAVE1] 1. a grievance 2. Law the essential part of a complaint or accusation …   English World dictionary

  • gravamen — n. (pl. gravamens or gravamina) 1 the essence or most serious part of an argument. 2 a grievance. Etymology: LL, = inconvenience, f. L gravare to load f. gravis heavy …   Useful english dictionary

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