Gravamen Definition and Legal Meaning

On this page, you'll find the legal definition and meaning of Gravamen, written in plain English, along with examples of how it is used.

What is Gravamen?

(n) Gravamen is the fundamental, basic or relevant cause on which a claim or complaint or activity is based or developed. Eg. Gravamen in a motor accident claim is the negligence of the driver. Latin word means ‘to weigh down’.