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An attorney or office of attorneys employed by the government to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases.
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(Law) (in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants
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a full-time lawyer appointed to represent indigents in criminal cases at public expense.
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An attorney who is appointed by the government to defend clients who cannot afford to pay for legal representation.
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|Noun||1.||public defender - a lawyer who represents indigent defendants at public expense|
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"
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