John Doe


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John Doe

n.
1. Used as a name in legal proceedings to designate an unknown man or boy or to protect the identity of a known man or boy.
2. An average or ordinary man.

John Doe

n
(Law) See Doe

John′ Doe′

(doʊ)
n.
1. an anonymous, average man.
2. a fictitious name used in legal proceedings for a male party whose true name is not known. Compare Jane Doe, Richard Roe.
3. an unidentified man: The police were looking for a John Doe.
[1760–70]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.John Doe - a hypothetical average manJohn Doe - a hypothetical average man    
common man, common person, commoner - a person who holds no title
2.John Doe - an unknown or fictitious man who is a party to legal proceedings
law, jurisprudence - the collection of rules imposed by authority; "civilization presupposes respect for the law"; "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"
party - a person involved in legal proceedings; "the party of the first part"
Translations
Otto Normalverbraucher
Jón Jónsson
References in classic literature ?
Now, I have a mental picture of John Doe that is as clear as a steel engraving.
Those charming creations of the poet, John Doe and Richard Roe, when they first dawn upon him, will open a new world for the enlargement of his mind and the improvement of his heart.
In short, in his bringing up he has been so nursed by Law and Equity that he has become a kind of fossil imp, to account for whose terrestrial existence it is reported at the public offices that his father was John Doe and his mother the only female member of the Roe family, also that his first long-clothes were made from a blue bag.
GENERAL HOSPITAL: Elizabeth kept a vigil on her John Doe patient (Jason).
We'll also search for other possible variations like John Doe, John Smith, John Smith-Doe, and so on.
Similarly, both John Doe plaintiffs dropped their suits merely weeks after they filed them.
Clash promised John Doe a place to stay, money, his airfare from Florida to New York and to be a "dad" to him.
Jane Doe was given a suspended 12 month prison sentence and John Doe was jailed for a year.
John Doe is the person who blogs anonymously on the Internet and infringes upon your client's legal rights.
It's anybody's guess whether the corporate field or John Doe is going to have the worst of it in the coming 12 months.