The definition of a defendant is a person being sued or accused of a crime.
An example of a defendant is someone accused of driving under the influence.
Origin of defendantMiddle English defendaunt from Old French defendant, present participle of defendre
Law the defending party; person sued or accused
The party against which an action is brought.
(comparative more defendant, superlative most defendant)
- Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive.
OriginSee also: défendant
defendant - Legal Definition
In a criminal trial, the accused; in a civil proceeding, the person or entity against whom a claim is made.