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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

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

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

The higher someone's profile, the easier it is for a defendant to trade him up to the feds. Mr. Big is always a better catch than Mr. Small.
Howie Carr

To exclude all jurors who would be in the slightest way affected by the prospect of the death penalty would be to deprive the defendant of the impartial jury to which he or she is entitled under the law.
Byron White
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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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