Part of speech: noun

One against whom a legal action is brought; also, a defender.

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Usage examples "defendant":

  1. No matter what the crime of the defendant, this is a greater one. - "Life Sentence", James McConnell.
  2. But if the prisoner plead not guilty, and put himself for trial upon his country, then a jury of twelve men are to pass upon the defendant, and upon their verdict he is either to be acquitted or convicted. - "Lives Of The Most Remarkable Criminals Who have been Condemned and Executed for Murder, the Highway, Housebreaking, Street Robberies, Coining or other offences", Arthur L. Hayward.
  3. I could have done the work anywhere within range of my voice or pen, it was such an easy matter; at least, I thought so when I gained admission to the judge who was to be moved by my plea in behalf of the defendant, Hosley. - "Cupid's Middleman", Edward B. Lent.