Definition of defendant in English:


Line breaks: de¦fend|ant
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfɛnd(ə)nt


  • An individual, company, or institution sued or accused in a court of law: the defendant tried to claim that it was self-defence Compare with plaintiff.
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    • 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; appellant, litigant, respondent; suspect, suspected person

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