Definitions for defendant
dɪˈfɛn dənt or, esp. in court, -dæntde·fen·dant
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a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
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.
In criminal proceedings, the accused.
Samuel Johnson's Dictionary
Defensive; fit for defence.
Etymology: from defendo, Latin.
Line and new repair our towns of war
With men of courage, and with means defendant. William Shakespeare.
Etymology: from the adjective.
Those high towers, out of which the Romans might more conveniently fight with the defendants on the wall, those also were broken by his engines. John Wilkins, Math. Mag.
This is the day appointed for the combat,
And ready are th’ appellant and defendant. William Shakespeare, Henry VI.
Plaintiff dog, and bear defendant. Hudibras.
In court proceedings, a defendant is a person or object who is the party either accused of committing a crime in criminal prosecution or against whom some type of civil relief is being sought in a civil case. Terminology varies from one jurisdiction to another. In Scots law, the terms "accused" or "panel" are used instead in criminal proceedings and "defender" in civil proceedings. Another term in use is "respondent".
A defendant is a person, company, or entity who is accused in a court of law or against whom a lawsuit or criminal prosecution has been initiated. They are required to respond to a plaintiff's allegations or the charges towards them by the prosecution in a lawsuit or criminal case.
serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive
one who defends; a defender
a person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff
Etymology: [F. dfendant, p. pr. of dfendre. See Defend.]
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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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
Rank popularity for the word 'defendant' in Nouns Frequency: #935
The numerical value of defendant in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of defendant in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
...what’s so important about this law is, it applies to torture wherever it takes place in the world if one is perpetrated by a U.S. citizen, which happened to be the case with this defendant, but also, if somebody else steps foot in the United States who has committed torture crimes in a foreign country, that person can also be prosecuted. " Kendall Coffey on the trial of Chucky Taylor.
The defendant still regrets and feels sad over the death of her late mother, as the only child, the defendant has lost the love of a mother.
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.
After an exhaustive investigation, there is only one person who had the motive, who had the means, who had the opportunity to commit these crimes, and also whose guilty conduct after these crimes betrays him, this defendant is the one person who was living a lie, the defendant is the person on which a storm was descending, and the defendant was a person where his own storm would actually mean consequences for Maggie and Paul and consequences for those who trusted him.
This is an aggressive charge,” Kendall Coffey said. “And there are times when an aggressive charge gives more incentive for the defendant to seek a plea. The vast majority of cases don’t go to trial and end in a plea.”
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- مدعى عليهArabic
- обвиняем, ответникBulgarian
- obviněný, obžalovaný, žalovanýCzech
- Angeklagte, AngeklagterGerman
- κατηγορούμενος, εναγόμενοςGreek
- inculpé, défendeurFrench
- ամբաստանյալ, պատասխանողArmenian
- accusato, imputatoItalian
- ответчик, подсудимый, обвиняемыйRussian
- branjenica, branjenikSerbo-Croatian
- obtožena, obtoženiSlovene
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