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defendant

[difen′dənt]
(in law) the party named in a plaintiff's complaint and against whom the plaintiff's allegations are made. The defendant must respond to the allegations.

defendant

(di-fen'dint)
In law, the person, entity, or party charged or sued in a legal action. The defendant is the party accused of a criminal or civil wrong from whom legal relief or damages are sought.
See: plaintiff

defendant,

n the party against whom relief or recovery is sought in a lawsuit.
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Allen Tate, sitting in that little study, has ground to defend and a base from which to fight.
We should, in my judgment, defend the importance of the family.
TMD's purpose is to defend relatively small areas from short- and intermediate-range missiles--perfect for use in regional skirmishes.
Forced to defend itself, MGA filed suit against the four insurers on April 15, 2008.
With the case of this poor and unfaithful priest in mind, we should reflect on the complicity of his bishop and of the Church of Quebec and her inability to defend herself against this open infiltration.
If the ball is passed from the wing back to the point, the original "Basket-Man"--X1 (who has defended the "Wing-Pass," the first pass) would then also defend the "Reversal Pass.
In fact, if the Ninth Circuit had found a duty to defend the trading card case, this decision would have joined a long list of cases seemingly unrelated to cover,age where courts found a duty to defend.
Exploiting our supposed nuclear Achilles' heel, the fanatical adherents of appeasement and arms control have extracted dangerous concessions in national sovereignty -- like the ABM and SALT treaties -- that unilaterally limit our ability to defend ourselves.
As they grow, neither can get out, so they jointly defend their prison for the rest of their lives.
As it is, the group is not only sullying its august reputation; it is betraying the very causes it purports to defend.
Marist looks to defend its Sky-Em girls crown when the competition begins at 11:45 a.
We use all of our choices to defend the pick and roll.