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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
▪ An all-white jury acquitted the defendants, despite videotaped evidence which documented the killings in detail.
▪ In fact an unreasonable use of the product might allow the defendant three different arguments in his own defence.
▪ On Dec. 30 the Majlis approved a bill allowing defendants the right to legal representation in court.
▪ The indictment is the document which charges the defendant with the offence.
▪ The prosecutors charged eighty-five defendants, including forty-four law enforcement officers.
▪ The taskforce has so far charged 544 defendants and won 385 convictions.
▪ The possibility that Clinton might grant pardons for convicted Whitewater defendants is a non-issue.
▪ It was held that the defendant had infringed copyright by copying the two-line moving cursor menu.
▪ The statutory provision was held to prevent the defendant from relying on any form of the volenti defence.
▪ She sought discovery of psychiatric reports held by the defendants who were the education authority.
▪ It was held that the defendant was liable in trespass.
▪ Money paid by the defendant is appropriated first to reducing the principal debt and then towards the interest.
▪ It is then for the prosecutor to prove that the defendant did so intend or was aware.
▪ It is sufficient for the prosecutor to prove that the defendant intended to participate in an act of fighting.
▪ The plaintiff must prove that the defendant fell below the relevant standard of care.
▪ This is because the crime of indecent assault requires the defendant to do something to the victim.
▪ If the complaint is proved, a nuisance order is made requiring the defendant to get the necessary work done.
▪ The court will automatically serve the defendant by post following receipt of the request for a summons unless the plaintiff otherwise requests.
▪ Is it necessary to show that the defendant subjectively knew of the dishonest design or merely that he ought to have known?
▪ It must show that the defendant had this knowledge or recklessness at the time he made the statement.
▪ Before this defence has any role to play it must be shown that the defendant has committed a tort.
▪ The plaintiff must show that the defendant has turned a blind eye to truth in order to advance an ulterior object.
▪ According to the defendant, the heroin was destined for the New York City area.
▪ Each of the three defendants was convicted of conspiracy to commit murder.
▪ The defendant pleaded not guilty.
▪ The police officer said the defendant had resisted arrest.
▪ But here there was no mistake on the part of the defendant either of law or fact.
▪ During the trial, several prosecution witnesses reportedly retracted incriminating statements they had earlier made against the defendants.
▪ He has this right in relation to goods which the defendant owns at the time the sheriff receives the writ.
▪ She appealed against the defendants being given bail for fear they would interfere with witnesses who could help police inquiries.
▪ The legal system flounders in its own morass of indefensible defendants, incoherent witnesses, and injudicious jurists.
▪ The possibility that Clinton might grant pardons for convicted Whitewater defendants is a non-issue.
▪ There are six defendants altogether, including the third defendant, and separate claims are made against three groups of defendants.
▪ There were defendants and their lawyers, defendants and their pals, defendants and their families.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Libellee \Li`bel*lee"\, n. (Law)

  1. The party against whom a libel has been filed; -- corresponding to defendant in a common law action.

  2. The defendant in an action of libel.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

c.1400, in the legal sense, from French défendant, present participle of défendre (see defend). Earliest use in English was as a present participle adjective meaning "defending" (c.1300).


a. Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive. n. 1 (context legal English) 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. 2 (context legal English) In criminal proceedings, the accused.


n. a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused [syn: suspect] [ant: plaintiff]


A defendant is a person or entity accused of a crime in criminal prosecution or a person or entity 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 criminal proceedings, and "defender" in civil proceedings.

Usage examples of "defendant".

On the other hand, given the facts of a situation containing elements of duress, in other words of various pressures from family, friends and the community which a minor finds himself unable to resist, he has in effect been given a choice of evils by the defendant, and while his conduct may indicate his consent, the facts in the situation may persuade us otherwise.

The defendant, Rebecca Bollinger, was left alone in her homeroom with a jar containing moneys which had been collected by her class for a period of almost two months.

The press box was still brimfull and, whilst a court order prevented those journalists present from naming Rose, nothing could stop them outlining the allegations against the defendants.

I was referring to a trial two years ago in Clackamas County where your brother also was the defendant.

Two defendants, Antron McCray and Raymond Santana, had never met their codefendant, Yusef Salaam, until the night of the attack and did not know his name.

Many filmgoers assumed that since release of the documentary, all three defendants had appealed, and that if the problems revealed in the film were real, they were now being corrected and the teenagers would soon walk free.

The main defense lawyers, Bruce Cutler and Gerry Shargel, finally obtained a court order from judge Glasser to have the defendants moved out of total sep into the general jail population on the grounds that the Bureau of Prisons was breaking its own rules for the treatment of inmates who were not troublemakers.

Now when, as in the case of the Hepplewhite Tramp, the chief witness for the prosecution throws up his hands and offers to repay the defendant for the wrong he has done him, naturally it is all over but the shouting.

The instances are innumerable, where the defendant has pleaded that the deceased was an Irishman, and that therefore defendant had a right to kill him--and upon the proof of Hibernicism, acquittal followed of course.

Justice spoke for the Court as in the Slocum Case, it was held that a trial court had the right to enter a judgment on the verdict of the jury for the plaintiff after overruling a motion by defendant for dismissal on the ground of insufficient evidence.

The courts have frequently debated whether laws of unfair competition are similar enough to copyright jurisdiction in its aims to be preempted by Federal copyright law, to which defendant argues that preemption is not absolute in the area of intellectual property.

All you and Queensberry would have is a dead defendant accused of rape.

Nina launched into her motion, which essentially said that Salas should step down until some real lower court could hear the case, on grounds that the defendant would otherwise be denied his right to appeal to a higher court.

On December 24, 1948, the day after the seven defendants were hanged at Sugamo, all nineteen remaining suspects were released on grounds of insufficient evidence.

In that case defendants, officials of certain labor unions, were convicted of extortion, by collecting large sums from contractors for assisting them in avoiding labor troubles.