What does defendant mean?

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

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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

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

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

  2. Defendant(adj)

    making defense

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

  3. Defendant(noun)

    one who defends; a defender

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

  4. Defendant(noun)

    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.

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

How to pronounce defendant?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say defendant in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Nicholas Lewin:

    The defendant worked for years directly and personally for Osama bin Laden, the defendant spent years helping craft al-Qaida's message to the world.

  2. Harlan F. Stone:

    If a juror feels that the statute involved in any criminal offence is unfair, or that it infringes upon the defendant's natural god-given unalienable or constitutional rights, then it is his duty to affirm that the offending statute is really no law at all and that the violation of it is no crime at all, for no one is bound to obey an unjust law.

  3. Robert Capers:

    The defendant violated his oath and responsibilities as a law enforcement officer by exacting personal vengeance, assaulting a handcuffed suspect, and abusing his authority as the highest ranking uniformed member of the Suffolk County Police Department.

  4. Marina Krim:

    The defendant set out to destroy what Kevin Krim and I created and built : an inspired, happy, thriving family, but she failed. What actually happened is the defendant destroyed her own family. She has destroyed the pride her family once felt. She has destroyed any sense of peace they'll ever have.

  5. Craig Silverman:

    When there is tension between civil rights and the criminal rights of an accused, the courts often emphasize the need for a fair trial and the panoply of rights afforded a criminal defendant.

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