Definition for DE-FEND'ANT


  1. He that defends against an assailant, or against the approach of evil or danger.
  2. In law, the party that opposes a complaint, demand, or charge; he that is summoned into court, and defends, denies or opposes the demand or charge, and maintains his own right. It is applied to any party of whom a demand is made in court, whether the party denies and defends, or admits the claim and suffers a default.

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