defendantnoun [ C ]uk /dɪˈfen.dənt/ us /dɪˈfen.dənt/ specialized
- The jury concluded from the evidence that the defendant was innocent.
- The defendant is accused of a range of crimes, from theft to murder.
- The judge directed the defendant to remain silent.
- The defendant sat impassively in the dock while evidence was given against him.
- A jury should not interpret the silence of a defendant as a sign of guilt.