John Doe

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noun \ˈjän-ˈdō\

Definition of John Doe

  1. 1 :  a party to legal proceedings whose true name is unknown

  2. 2 :  an average man

Examples of john doe in a Sentence

  1. to John Doe the most important issues in any election are usually those that affect his wallet

Circa 1659

First Known Use of john doe

circa 1659


Law Dictionary

John Doe

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noun \ˈjän-ˈdō\

Legal Definition of John Doe

  1. :  a party to legal proceedings (as a suspect) whose true name is unknown or withheld — compare jane roe, richard roe



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