What does defendant mean?

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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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Defendantadjective

    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.

  2. Defendantnoun

    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.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defendantadjective

    serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive

  2. Defendantadjective

    making defense

  3. Defendantnoun

    one who defends; a defender

  4. Defendantnoun

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

  5. 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

  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

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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. Mariann Wang:

    We understand it should be orderly. We want to cooperate with defendant in good faith to figure out when and how to proceed.

  2. Melinda Katz:

    Nothing's more important than ensuring that our children are safe on our streets. Because of this defendant's alleged actions, an 11-year-old's early morning trip to the grocery store became a nightmare. Now apprehended, the defendant will face justice in our courts.

  3. Federal Judge Thomas Durkin:

    The defendant is a serial child molester, nothing is more stunning than having ‘serial child molester’ and ‘Speaker of the House’ in the same sentence.

  4. Mariann Meier Wang:

    First Amendment grounds.These women look forward to proving Ms. Zervos's claim that defendant lied when he maliciously attacked Jennifer Schecter for reporting his sexually abusive behavior.

  5. Franklin County Prosecutor Ron O'Brien:

    Defendant provided material support and resources or electronic devices to persons engaged in terrorism in the Middle East and has traveled to that area of the world.

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