a lawyer appointed or elected by a city or county as a full-time, official defender to represent indigents in criminal cases at public expense.
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Origin of public defender
First recorded in 1915–20
Words nearby public defender
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British Dictionary definitions for public defender
(in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants
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Cultural definitions for public defender
An attorney who is appointed and paid by a court to defend poor persons who cannot afford a lawyer.
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