[koh-ri-spon-duh nt]

noun Law.

a joint defendant, charged along with the respondent, especially a person charged with adultery in a divorce proceeding.

Origin of corespondent

First recorded in 1855–60; co- + respondent
Can be confusedcorespondent correspondent Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for co-respondent

Historical Examples of co-respondent

  • I suppose you will name Charles's business as the co-respondent.

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    Thompson Buchanan

  • What is the difference between a correspondent and a co-respondent?

  • It was a divorce case, in which the co-respondent had been a footman in the plaintiff's house.

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    Sir Walter Besant

  • The very name "co-respondent" condemned her in advance in the public mind.

  • Mrs. Cheever, you are the co-respondent in this case of Dyckman versus Dyckman?

British Dictionary definitions for co-respondent



law a person cited in divorce proceedings, who is alleged to have committed adultery with the respondent
Derived Formsco-respondency, noun
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