Origin of defendant
Examples from the Web for defendant
The complaint continues, “During this period of time, defendant escaped police custody.”
“Defendant moved his hands in a manner so as to avoid the application of handcuffs to his wrists,” the complaint says.
They obtained a gag order against the defendant and his lawyers restricting what they could say about the case for several months.Sentencing Looms for Barrett Brown, Advocate for “Anonymous”|Kevin M. Gallagher|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“He might want 50 of this size and 40 of these,” said Crowder, who has been named as a defendant in dozens of lawsuits.
“The defendant told me he did not want to go back so jail,” the affidavit says.The Muslim Convert Behind America’s First Workplace Beheading|Michael Daly|September 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The defendant's whereabouts were unknown to us, your Honor, and the court allowed us to serve notice by publication.Lightnin'|Frank Bacon
Squire Cleaves, for the defendant, then reviewed the testimony for and against his client.Freaks of Fortune|Oliver Optic
When the defendant has sold a book twice, having bought it back second-hand, the profits include the profits on both sales.
The mayor having impartially summed up, the jury returned a verdict for the defendant.
Mr. Sergeant Talfourd was for plaintiff, and Mr. Sergeant Ludlow for defendant.
British Dictionary definitions for defendant
Word Origin and History for defendant
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).
Culture definitions for defendant
The party that is being sued in court. (Compare plaintiff.)