Defendant definition

dĭ-fĕndənt, -dănt
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Defending.
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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.

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The party against which an action is brought.
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In a criminal trial, the accused; in a civil proceeding, the person or entity against whom a claim is made.
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(law) In civil proceedings, the party responding to the complaint; one who is sued and called upon to make satisfaction for a wrong complained of by another.
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(law) The defending party; person sued or accused.
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Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
defendant
Plural:
defendants

Origin of defendant