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dɪˈfɛn dənt or, esp. in court, -dæntde·fen·dant

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defendant, suspectnoun

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

Wiktionary

  1. defendantnoun

    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. defendantnoun

    In criminal proceedings, the accused.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defendantadjective

    serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive

    Etymology: [F. dfendant, p. pr. of dfendre. See Defend.]

  2. Defendantadjective

    making defense

    Etymology: [F. dfendant, p. pr. of dfendre. See Defend.]

  3. Defendantnoun

    one who defends; a defender

    Etymology: [F. dfendant, p. pr. of dfendre. See Defend.]

  4. Defendantnoun

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

    Etymology: [F. dfendant, p. pr. of dfendre. See Defend.]

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.

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  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

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

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

  3. Nouns Frequency

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

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of defendant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of defendant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of defendant in a Sentence

  1. Oscar Lopez:

    Criminal Court Judges are only allowed to make decisions at arraignment, regarding a defendant’s bail and confinement, on the case immediately before them. The legislature provides the guide rails which the judiciary follows. when he came out of jail, he told us that we didn’t help him. I said, ‘Listen up. I did everything to help you,’.

  2. Ben Silverstone:

    The defendant accepts that such activity should never have taken place and that it had no right to intrude into the private lives of Ms Heather Mills or Fiona Mills in this way.

  3. David Hoose:

    The goal for her is to humanize Tsarnaev, of course, that's a difficult challenge for her when the defendant has by the defense team's own admission committed such a horrific act. Yet, it's certainly not impossible.

  4. Jessica Roth:

    There's an aspect of many criminal cases where the jury is asked to get inside the heads of the defendant and other important individuals in the case and that can be uncomfortable for a variety of reasons.

  5. Simi Valley:

    A key piece of evidence used to convict( the) defendant was found to not contain Craig Coley never DNA, but to instead contain the DNA of other individuals.

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    take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom
    • A. abduct
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    • C. elaborate
    • D. loom

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