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An attorney or office of attorneys employed by the government to represent indigent defendants in criminal cases.
(Law) (in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants
a full-time lawyer appointed to represent indigents in criminal cases at public expense.
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"