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

1.

Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive.

[Obs.]

With men of courage and with means defendant. Shak.

2.

Making defense.

 

© Webster 1913.


De*fend"ant, n.

1.

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.

Abbott.

⇒ 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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