Meaning of “defendant” in the English Dictionary

"defendant" in English

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defendantnoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈfen.dənt/ us /dɪˈfen.dənt/ specialized

a person in a law case who is accused of having done something illegal

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  • Defendant, what have you to say in your defense? 
  • I suppose that it is for the jury to determine whether the defendant is guilty of a crime or not. 
  • If the case has attracted much attention, the juror knows the prevailing ideas as to the guilt or innocence of the defendant. 
  • Q. Were you present when defendant first offered his land for sale to the plaintiff? 
  • You had quarreled with the defendant, with whom you had formerly been on friendly terms. 

(Definition of “defendant” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defendant" in American English

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defendantnoun [ C ]

us /dɪˈfen·dənt/ law

a person in a court of law who is accused of having done something wrong:

The prosecutor must prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the defendant is guilty.

(Definition of “defendant” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"defendant" in Business English

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defendantnoun [ C ]

uk /dɪˈfendənt/ us

LAW a person or company in a law case that is accused of having done something illegal, or of harming someone else:

The fine is the largest ever for a single defendant in a criminal antitrust case, officials said.

(Definition of “defendant” from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)