noun de·fen·dant \di-ˈfen-dənt, in legal circles often -ˌdant\

: a person who is being sued or accused of a crime in a court of law

Full Definition of DEFENDANT

:  a person required to make answer in a legal action or suit — compare plaintiff

Examples of DEFENDANT

  1. The jury believed that the defendant was guilty.

First Known Use of DEFENDANT

14th century

Other Legal Terms

actionable, alienable, carceral, chattel, complicity, decedent, larceny, malfeasance, modus operandi



Definition of DEFENDANT

:  being on the defensive :  defending

First Known Use of DEFENDANT

15th century


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