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defendant

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

Definition of defendant

law

  1. :  a person or group against whom a criminal or civil action is brought :  someone who is being sued or accused of committing a crime <if the jury finds the defendant not guilty> — compare plaintiff

Examples of defendant in a sentence

  1. The jury believed that the defendant was guilty.

Origin and Etymology of defendant

see defend


First Known Use: 14th century


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defendant

adjective de·fen·dant

Definition of defendant

  1. :  being on the defensive :  defending

Origin and Etymology of defendant

see defend


First Known Use: 15th century


DEFENDANT Defined for English Language Learners

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defendant

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

Definition of defendant for English Language Learners

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


Law Dictionary

defendant

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

Legal Definition of defendant

  1. :  the party against whom a criminal or civil action is brought — see also answer, codefendant — compare accused, plaintiff



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