Gravamen


Gravamen
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]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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