Share this entry
defendant Line breaks: de¦fend|ant
Pronunciation: /dɪˈfɛnd(ə)nt/

Definition of defendant in English:


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.
More 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;
appellant, litigant, respondent;
suspect, suspected person

Words that rhyme with defendant

appendant, ascendant, attendant, codependent, descendant, descendent, intendant, interdependent, pendant, pendent, splendent, superintendent, transcendent
Definition of defendant in:
Share this entry

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources