public defender

noun
Updated on: 17 Nov 2017

Definition of public defender

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

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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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