Definition of defensor
1 obsolete : defender
2a Roman law : one who voluntarily undertook the defense of a case and gave security to satisfy the judgment b : an advocate conducting the defense of a case in court
3 [Late Latin, from Latin] : an advocate in the later Roman Empire: a : a municipal officer appointed to protect the people from oppression b : a layperson or member of the clergy appointed to defend the rights and property of the church
4 [Late Latin, from Latin] : the patron of a church : an officer having charge of the temporal affairs of a church
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Origin and Etymology of defensor
Middle English defensour, from Latin defensor, from defensus (past participle of defendere to defend) + -or
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