codefendant

noun co·de·fen·dant \ ˌkō-di-ˈfen-dənt , in legal circles often -ˌdant \
variants: or co-defendant
|Updated on: 13 Jun 2018

Definition of codefendant

plural codefendants or co-defendants
: a defendant in the same lawsuit or criminal prosecution as another defendant or group of defendants : a joint defendant
  • … the defendant argued that it was plain error for the trial court to have permitted the prosecution to treat his co-defendant as hostile …
  • State v. Saenz

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First Known Use of codefendant

circa 1644

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codefendant

noun co·de·fen·dant \ ˌkō-di-ˈfen-dənt, -ˌdant \

legal Definition of codefendant

: a joint defendant

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