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Definition of Defendant


  1. Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive.
  2. Making defense.
  3. One who defends; a defender.
  4. A person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff.

Defendant Quotations

If you're a prosecutor, and you believe the defendant is guilty, you only talk about ultimate truth, but not intermediate truth. If you're the defense attorney, you care deeply about intermediate truth, but you tend to neglect ultimate truth.
Alan Dershowitz

Here we have a situation where a defendant in a case agrees to an interview with Dan Rather. It happened to be not confidential. But it was an interview with Dan Rather.
Floyd Abrams

It is an established principle of jurisprudence in all civilized nations that the sovereign cannot be sued in its own courts, or in any other, without its consent and permission; but it may, if it thinks proper, waive this privilege, and permit itself to be made a defendant in a suit by individuals, or by another State.
Roger B. Taney

When you come in to court as a plaintiff or as a defendant, it is terribly important that you look up at the bench and feel that that person represents you and will understand you, that that person is reflective of our community and of our society.
Michael Bloomberg

The defendant wants to hide the truth because he's generally guilty. The defense attorney's job is to make sure the jury does not arrive at that truth.
Alan Dershowitz
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Defendant Translations

defendant in Dutch is aangeklaagde, beklaagde, beschuldigde
defendant in German is Angeklagter, Beklagter, Angeklagte
defendant in Latin is reus
defendant in Swedish is svarande
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