Definitions for defendant
dɪˈfɛn dənt or, esp. in court, -dæntde·fen·dant
Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word defendant.
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.
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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Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'defendant' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #3010
Written Corpus Frequency
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
We understand it should be orderly. We want to cooperate with defendant in good faith to figure out when and how to proceed.
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.
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.
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.
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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Translations for defendant
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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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