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Meaning of DEFENDANT

Pronunciation:  di'fendunt

WordNet Dictionary
[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
  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.
    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
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