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6 definitions found for defendant
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Libellee \Li`bel*lee"\, n. (Law) (a) The party against whom a libel has been filed; -- corresponding to defendant in a common law action. (b) The defendant in an action of libel. [Webster 1913 Suppl.]From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Defendant \De*fend"ant\, n. 1. One who defends; a defender. [1913 Webster] The rampiers and ditches which the defendants had cast up. --Spotswood. [1913 Webster] 2. (Law) A person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff. --Abbott. [1913 Webster] Note: The term is applied to any party of whom a demand is made in court, whether the party denies and defends the claim, or admits it, and suffers a default; also to a party charged with a criminal offense. [1913 Webster]From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :
Defendant \De*fend"ant\ (d[-e]*f[e^]nd"ant), a. [F. d['e]fendant, p. pr. of d['e]fendre. See Defend.] 1. Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] With men of courage and with means defendant. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. Making defense. [1913 Webster]From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :
defendant n 1: a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused [syn: defendant, suspect] [ant: complainant, plaintiff]From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :
38 Moby Thesaurus words for "defendant": accessory, accused, bitter-ender, brawler, correspondent, diehard, disputant, dissentient, dissident, intransigent, irreconcilable, last-ditcher, libelee, litigant, litigationist, litigator, naysayer, negativist, noncooperator, objector, obstructionist, obstructive, opposer, oppositionist, panel, parties litigant, party, plaintiff, prisoner, protester, quarreler, resister, respondent, scrapper, suitor, suspect, witness, wranglerFrom Bouvier's Law Dictionary, Revised 6th Ed (1856) :
DEFENDANT. A party who is sued in a personal action. Vide Demandant; Parties to Actions; Pursuer; and Com. Dig. Abatement, F; Action upon the case upon assumpsit, E, b; Bouv. Inst. Index, h.t. 2. At common law a defendant cannot have judgment to recover a sum of money of the plaintiff. But this rule is, in some cases, altered by the act of assembly in Pennsylvania, as by the. Act of 1705, for defalcation, by which he may sue out a sci. fac. on the record of a verdict for a sum found in his favor. 6 Binn. Rep. 175. See Account 6.