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defendant Syllabification: de·fend·ant
Pronunciation: /dəˈfendənt/

Definition of defendant in English:


An individual, company, or institution sued or accused in a court of law. Compare with plaintiff.
Example sentences
  • In fact the tenant was not treated less favourably than a defendant in the High Court.
  • The plaintiffs alleged trespass and the defendants claimed that they had a profit of grazing.
  • The claimant and all three defendants were represented at the hearing of the application.
accused, prisoner (at the bar);


Middle English (as an adjective in the sense 'defending'): from Old French, 'warding off', present participle of defendre (see defend).

Words that rhyme with defendant

appendant, ascendant, attendant, codependent, descendant, descendent, intendant, interdependent, pendant, pendent, splendent, superintendent, transcendent
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