defendant


Also found in: Thesaurus, Medical, Legal, Financial, Acronyms, Encyclopedia, Wikipedia.

de·fen·dant

 (dĭ-fĕn′dənt, -dănt′)
n. Law
The party against which an action is brought.

defendant

(dɪˈfɛndənt)
n
(Law) a person against whom an action or claim is brought in a court of law. Compare plaintiff
adj
making a defence; defending

de•fend•ant

(dɪˈfɛn dənt or, esp. in court, -dænt)

n.
one against whom a legal action or suit is brought in a court.
[1275–1325]

defendant

A person against whom an action has been brought in court.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defendant - a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of lawdefendant - a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
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"
accused - a defendant in a criminal proceeding
codefendant, co-defendant - a defendant who has been joined together with one or more other defendants in a single action
litigant, litigator - (law) a party to a lawsuit; someone involved in litigation; "plaintiffs and defendants are both litigants"
complainant, plaintiff - a person who brings an action in a court of law

defendant

noun the accused, respondent, appellant, litigant, prisoner at the bar Charges against the defendant were dismissed.

defendant

noun
Law. A person against whom an action is brought:
Translations
مُدَّعَى عَلَيْهمُدَّعى عَلَيْهِ ، مُتَّهَم
obžalovaný
tiltaltesagsøgte
vastaaja
branjenik
alperes
verjandi
被告人
피고
obžalovaný
obtoženec
svarande
จำเลย
bị đơn

defendant

[dɪˈfendənt] N (Jur) (civil) → demandado/a m/f; (criminal) → acusado/a m/f

defendant

[dɪˈfɛndənt] n (in civil case)défendeur/eresse m/f; (in criminal case)accusé(e) m/f, prévenu(e) m/f

defendant

nAngeklagte(r) mf; (in civil cases) → Beklagte(r) mf

defendant

[dɪˈfɛndnt] n (Law) → imputato/a

defend

(diˈfend) verb
1. to guard or protect against attack. The soldiers defended the castle; I am prepared to defend my opinions.
2. to conduct the defence of (a person) in a law-court.
deˈfendant noun
a person accused or sued in a law-court.
deˈfender noun
a person who defends (someone or something). the defenders of the castle.
deˈfensive (-siv) adjective
protective or resisting attack. a defensive attitude; defensive action.

defendant

مُدَّعَى عَلَيْه obžalovaný tiltalte Angeklagter εναγόμενος acusado, demandado vastaaja accusé branjenik imputato 被告人 피고 gedaagde tiltalte oskarżony réu обвиняемый svarande จำเลย davalı bị đơn 被告
References in classic literature ?
He called himself for the plaintiff, there was no getting over his evidence, the counsel for the defendant threw up his brief, and the jury did not even turn to consider.
I have already some acquaintance with the law - as a defendant on civil process - and I shall immediately apply myself to the Commentaries of one of the most eminent and remarkable of our English jurists.
And the Grand Master appoints the appellant to appear there by her champion, on pain of doom, as a person convicted of sorcery or seduction; and also the defendant so to appear, under the penalty of being held and adjudged recreant in case of default; and the noble Lord and most reverend Father aforesaid appointed the battle to be done in his own presence, and according to all that is commendable and profitable in such a case.
He said, "it was common, when two YAHOOS discovered such a stone in a field, and were contending which of them should be the proprietor, a third would take the advantage, and carry it away from them both;" which my master would needs contend to have some kind of resemblance with our suits at law; wherein I thought it for our credit not to undeceive him; since the decision he mentioned was much more equitable than many decrees among us; because the plaintiff and defendant there lost nothing beside the stone they contended for: whereas our courts of equity would never have dismissed the cause, while either of them had any thing left.
The Cadi took his seat gravely, and an officer introduced first Ali Cogia, the plaintiff, and then the merchant who was the defendant.
The plaintiff speaks first, the defendant answers him; each is permitted to rejoin three or four times, then silence is commanded, and the judge takes the opinions of those that are about him.
I glanced at Sylvie, who, gravely and silently, laid her finger on her lips, then beckoned to Bruno to follow her, and ran out into the garden; and I found myself in the position of a defendant whose two most important witnesses have been suddenly taken away.
His indignant countrymen actually caused him to be prosecuted in the native courts, on a charge nearly equivalent to what we term defamation of character; but the old fellow persisting in his assertion, and no invalidating proof being adduced, the plaintiffs were cast in the suit, and the cannibal reputation of the defendant firmly established.
The defendant, I guess, means to take Captain Hollister, and we two have partly agreed on Squire Jones for the third man.
And, moreover, the Sahib forgets that the defendant himself was making this case.
The little plaintiff or defendant who was promised a new rocking-horse when Jarndyce and Jarndyce should be settled has grown up, possessed himself of a real horse, and trotted away into the other world.
The defendant has not been heard, nor has he had an opportunity to call others in his behalf.