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gra·va·men

 (grə-vā′mən)
n. pl. gra·va·mens or gra·vam·i·na (-văm′ə-nə) Law
The main claim or most important aspect of a complaint against a defendant.

[Medieval Latin gravāmen, injury, accusation, from Late Latin, encumbrance, obligation, from Latin gravāre, to burden, from gravis, heavy; see grave2.]

gravamen

(ɡrəˈveɪmɛn)
n, pl -vamina (-ˈvæmɪnə)
1. (Law) law that part of an accusation weighing most heavily against an accused
2. (Law) law the substance or material grounds of a complaint
3. a rare word for grievance
[C17: from Late Latin: trouble, from Latin gravāre to load, from gravis heavy; see grave2]

gra•va•men

(grəˈveɪ mən)

n., pl. -vam•i•na (-ˈvæm ə nə)
the part of an accusation weighing most heavily against the accused.
[1595–1605; < Late Latin: trouble, physical inconvenience = Latin gravā(re) to load, weigh down (derivative of gravis heavy, burdened) + -men n. suffix]

gravamen

a grievance, especially one that is the cause of a legal action.
See also: Discontent
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Law. The most central and material part:
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gravamen

n. agravio, motivo de queja.
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