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.
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

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