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
Words that rhyme with defendantappendant, ascendant, attendant, codependent, descendant, descendent, intendant, interdependent, pendant, pendent, splendent, superintendent, transcendent
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