Definitions for defendantdɪˈfɛn dənt or, esp. in court, -dænt

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

de•fend•antdɪˈfɛn dənt or, esp. in court, -dænt(n.)

  1. one against whom a legal action or suit is brought in a court.

    Category: Law

Origin of defendant:

1275–1325

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defendant, suspect(noun)

    a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. defendant(noun)ɪˈfɛn dənt or, esp. in court, -dænt

    the person accused of a crime in a trial

    lawyers working for the defendant

Wiktionary

  1. defendant(Noun)

    In civil proceedings, the party responding to the complaint; one who is sued and called upon to make satisfaction for a wrong complained of by another.

  2. defendant(Noun)

    In criminal proceedings, the accused.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defendant(adj)

    serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive

  2. Defendant(adj)

    making defense

  3. Defendant(noun)

    one who defends; a defender

  4. Defendant(noun)

    a person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff

Freebase

  1. Defendant

    In a criminal trial, a defendant is any person accused of committing an offence, an act defined as punishable under criminal law. The other party to a criminal trial is usually a public prosecutor. In a lawsuit, a defendant is also the accused party, although not of an offence, but of a civil wrong. The person who started the civil action through filing a complaint is referred to as the plaintiff. Defendants in civil actions usually make their first court appearance voluntarily in response to a summons. But criminal defendants are often taken into custody by police and brought before a court under an arrest warrant. Historically, civil defendants could be taken into custody under a writ of capias ad respondendum and be forced to post bail before being released. But modern-day civil defendants are usually able to avoid most court appearances if represented by a lawyer. Criminal defendants are usually obliged to post bail before being released from custody and must be present at every stage of the proceedings against them.

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'defendant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3010

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'defendant' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4703

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'defendant' in Nouns Frequency: #935


Translations for defendant

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary

defendant(noun)

a person accused or sued in a law-court.

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