Definition of defendant
: 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
The jury believed that the defendant was guilty.
Origin and Etymology of defendant
First Known Use: 14th century
DEFENDANT Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of defendant for English Language Learners
: a person who is being sued or accused of a crime in a court of law
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