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Definitions of defendant

  1. a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. Making defense. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. One who defends; a defender. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. The person against whom a lawsuit is filed. In certain states, and in certain types of lawsuits, the defendant is called the respondent. Compare plaintiff, petitioner.
  6. A person required to make answer in an action or suit; - opposed to plaintiff. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. A person who is sued in a court of law. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  8. Making or interposing an excuse. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. One who defends; a person accused or sued in law. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  10. One against whom a legal action is brought; also, a defender. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  11. Defensive; making defence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  12. One who defends; he who is summoned into court to defend or oppose a demand or charge. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. The person summoned into a court to reply to certain charges. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  14. A person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff. mso.anu.edu.au
  15. Person sued in law-suit (cf. plaintiff). [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  16. n. One who makes defence;—the party that opposes a complaint, demand, or charge, at law or in equity. Cabinet Dictionary
  17. Defensive, fit for defence. Complete Dictionary
  18. He that defends against assailants; in law, the person accused or sued. Complete Dictionary

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