gravamen
gra·va·men /grə-'vā-mən/ n [Medieval Latin, from Late Latin, burden, from Latin gravare to burden, from gravis heavy, grave]: gist

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

gravamen
I noun burden of a charge, cardinal point, center, central point, content, core, cornerstone, crux, essence, essence of a grievance, essential matter, essential part, essential point, focal point, gist, gist of a charge, grievance, key, keystone, main point, material part, material point, nucleus, pith, pivotal point, principal part, root, salient point, sine qua non, spirit, substance, substantial cause, substantial part of a complaint, sum and substance, thrust associated concepts: gravamen of a complaint II index center (essence), content (meaning), cornerstone, gist (ground for a suit), impugnation, main point

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006


gravamen
n.
The essence or most serious part of a complaint, cause of action, charge, etc.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


gravamen
The essential element of a lawsuit. For example, the gravamen of a lawsuit involving a car accident might be the careless driving (negligence) of the defendant.
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.


gravamen
n. The substance or core argument of a legal document or position taken.

Webster's New World Law Dictionary. . 2000.


gravamen
The basis or essence of a grievance; the issue upon which a particular controversy turns.

Dictionary from West's Encyclopedia of American Law. 2005.


gravamen
The basis or essence of a grievance; the issue upon which a particular controversy turns.

Short Dictionary of (mostly American) Legal Terms and Abbreviations.

gravamen
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.
   See also: cause of action, charge, complaint

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • gravamen — grievance, 1640s, from L.L. gravamen trouble, physical inconvenience (in M.L., a grievance ), from gravare to burden, aggravate, from gravis heavy (see GRAVE (Cf. grave) (adj.)) …   Etymology dictionary

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  • Gravamen — (from Lat. gravare , to weigh down; gravis , heavy), (plural gra·va·mens or gra·vam·i·na), a complaint or grievance, the ground of a legal action, and particularly the more serious part of a charge against an accused person. In legal terms, the… …   Wikipedia

  • Gravamen — (lat.: drückende Last; Plural: Gravamina) ist ein Begriff aus dem Mittelalter und bezeichnet: eine Beschwerde oder einen Vorwurf gegen Kirche und Klerus oder den Lehnsherren. Bekannt vor allem Gravamina der deutschen Nation einen Einwand gegen… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • Gravāmen — (lat.), 1) Beschwerde; so Gravamĭna natiōnis Germanĭcae, im 15. Jahrh. die Beschwerden der Deutschen wegen Beeinträchtigungen Seitens des Papstes, deren wurden im J. 1522 hundert an Papst Hadrian VI. geschickt; 2) Beschwerde von Landständen etc.… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Gravāmen — (lat.), Beschwerde (s. d.). Gravamina hießen im ältern deutschen Staatsrecht auch die von Landständen über Gebrechen der Rechtspflege etc. erhobenen Beschwerden, daher die dadurch veranlaßten Gesetze Resolutiones gravaminum, Erledigungen jener… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Gravamen — Gravamen, lat., Mehrzahl gravamina, in der Rechtssprache Beschwerde, namentl. die in Appellationen erhobenen …   Herders Conversations-Lexikon

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