De*fend"ant (?), a. [F. d'efendant, p. pr. of d'efendre. See Defend.]


Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive.


With men of courage and with means defendant. Shak.


Making defense.


© Webster 1913.

De*fend"ant, n.


One who defends; a defender.

The rampiers and ditches which the defendants had cast up. Spotswood.

2. Law

A person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff.


⇒ 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.


© Webster 1913.

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