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.
Nonetheless, in the recent Coinbase case, several John Does have come forward seeking to intervene in the litigation on an anonymous basis; whether they will be allowed to do so is not yet clear.
The only thing that can keep John Doe from jumping to his death is the John Does themselves.
Online John Does as Strategic Lawsuits Against Public Participation, 25
John Does 1-25 (The "Prescription Drug Spammers"); John Does 26-35 (The "Mortgage Lead Spammers"); John Does 36-45 (The "Cable Descrambler Spammers"); John Does 46-55 (The "University Diploma Spammers"); and John Does 56-65 (The "Get Rich Quick Spammers") and John Does 66 - 75, other spammers.
Putnam Investments Trust, Putnam Investment Management LLC, Putnam Investment Funds, each of the Funds, and John Does 1-100.
Increasingly, large corporations are suing John Does for posting comments on chat boards critical of company performance and management.
John Does 1-100, and was included with French's answer and affirmative defenses.