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.
Examples from literature
- 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.