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Definitions of defendant

  1. One who defends; a defender. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. A person required to make answer in an action or suit; - opposed to plaintiff. Webster Dictionary DB
  3. A person who is sued in a court of law. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  4. One who defends; a person accused or sued in law. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. Making defense. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. 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.
  9. Making or interposing an excuse. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  10. Defensive; making defence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.

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Usage examples for defendant

  1. " The defendant at the bar has the benefit of counsel, who is competent, we believe, to advise him. – The Bondboy by George W. (George Washington) Ogden
  2. Hard to get used to the idea she wasn't a defendant – Erik Dorn by Ben Hecht
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