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public defender

noun

Simple Definition of public defender

  • : a lawyer who is paid by the government to defend people who are accused of a crime and are unable to pay for a private lawyer

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of public defender

  1. :  a lawyer usually holding public office whose duty is to defend accused persons unable to pay for legal assistance

1918

First Known Use of public defender

1918


Law Dictionary

public defender

noun

Legal Definition of public defender

  1. :  a lawyer usually holding public office who represents criminal defendants unable to pay for legal assistance




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