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[dih-fen-duhnt or especially in court for 1, -dant]
a person, company, etc., against whom a claim or charge is brought in a court (plaintiff).
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A defendant is a person accused of committing a crime in criminal prosecution or a person against whom some type of civil relief is being sought in a civil case. Terminology varies from one jurisdiction to another. For example, Scots law does not use the term "defendant"; the terms "accused" or "panel" are used instead in ...


Defendant definition, Law. a person, company, etc., against whom a claim or charge is brought in a court (opposed to plaintiff). See more.


Define defendant: a person or group against whom a criminal or civil action is brought : someone who is being sued or… — defendant in a sentence.


In a civil matter, the party sued by the plaintiff; in a criminal matter, the party who is prosecuted.See Civil procedure, Criminal procedure.


defendant definition: a person in a law case who is accused of having done something illegal. Learn more.


defendant. n. 1) the party sued in a civil lawsuit or the party charged with a crime in a criminal prosecution. In some types of cases (such as divorce) a defendant may be called a respondent.


In a civil law case, the “defendant” is the person named in a lawsuit filed by the plaintiff, usually because the plaintiff claims the defendant has injured him in some way and therefore should pay compensation or be required to follow court orders written in an injunction. “Defendant” is also the term used for a person charged ...


Noun[edit]. defendant (plural defendants). (law) 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. (law) In criminal proceedings, the accused.


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