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Meaning of DEFENDANT

Pronunciation:  di'fendunt

 
WordNet Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
[n]  a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
 

DEFENDANT is a 9 letter word that starts with D.

 

 Synonyms: suspect
 
 Antonyms: complainant, plaintiff
 
 See Also: accused, codefendant, co-defendant, litigant, litigator

 

 

Webster's 1913 Dictionary
 
 Definition: 
  1. \De*fend"ant\, a. [F. d['e]fendant, p. pr. of
    d['e]fendre. See {Defend}.]
    1. Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive. [Obs.]
    
             With men of courage and with means defendant.
                                                   --Shak.
    
    2. Making defense.
    
    
  2. \De*fend"ant\, n.
    1. One who defends; a defender.
    
             The rampiers and ditches which the defendants had
             cast up.                              --Spotswood.
    
    2. (Law) A person required to make answer in an action or
       suit; -- opposed to plaintiff. --Abbott.
    
    Note: The term is applied to any party of whom a demand is
          made in court, whether the party denies and defends the
          claim, or admits it, and suffers a default; also to a
          party charged with a criminal offense.
    
    
 
Legal Dictionary
 
 Definition: The person defending or denying a suit.
 
Thesaurus Terms
 
 Related Terms: accessory, accused, bitter-ender, brawler, correspondent, diehard, disputant, dissentient, dissident, intransigent, irreconcilable, last-ditcher, libelee, litigant, litigationist, litigator, naysayer, negativist, noncooperator, objector, obstructionist, obstructive, opposer, oppositionist, panel, parties litigant, party, plaintiff, prisoner, protester, quarreler, resister, respondent, scrapper, suitor, suspect, witness, wrangler
 

 

 

 

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