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 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.
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              The rampiers and ditches which the defendants had
              cast up.                              --Spotswood.
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     2. (Law) A person required to make answer in an action or
        suit; -- opposed to plaintiff. --Abbott.
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     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.
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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.]
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              With men of courage and with means defendant.
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     2. Making defense.
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From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

      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, wrangler

From 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.