Definitions for: Defendant


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



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.


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.

Synonyms: suspect

Antonyms: complainant, plaintiff

See Also: accused, codefendant, co-defendant, litigant, litigator

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