Meaning of defendant

de•fend•ant

Pronunciation: (di-fen'dunt or, esp. in court for 1, -dant), [key]
— n.
  1. a person, company, etc., against whom a claim or charge is brought in a court (opposed to plaintiff).
  2. defender.
—adj.
  1. making one's defense; defending: a defendant corporation.
  2. defensive.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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