Origin of defendantMiddle English defendaunt from Old French defendant, present participle of defendre
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.
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.
- When a divorce is granted, the defendant is not permitted to marry other than the plaintiff for three years, unless the plaintiff dies.
- When a defendant was of rank superior to that of the plaintiff, distress had to be preceded by troscad (=fasting).
- 22 Similarly in Job the bne Elohim, sons of God, appear as attendants of God, and amongst them Satan, still in his role of public prosecutor, the defendant being Job.
- A libel suit he instituted in London against Sir Valentine Chirol for statements made in Indian Unrest (1910) ended in a verdict for the defendant with costs (Feb.
- The judges at Babylon seem to have formed a superior court to those of provincial towns, but a defendant might elect to answer the charge before the local court and refuse to plead at Babylon.