public defender

noun

Definition of public defender

:a lawyer usually holding public office whose duty is to defend accused persons unable to pay for legal assistance

First Known Use of public defender

1822


PUBLIC DEFENDER Defined for English Language Learners

public defender

noun

Definition of public defender for English Language Learners

  • : a lawyer who is paid by the government to defend people who are accused of a crime and are unable to pay for a private lawyer


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public defender

noun

legal Definition of public defender

:a lawyer usually holding public office who represents criminal defendants unable to pay for legal assistance

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