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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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that shape their decisions to defend (or not to defend).
First, the denial of a defense based on information restricted to the lawsuit would appear to be contrary to the broad duty to defend, which is universally recognized; and, second, the decision to defend, or not, would be based on the pleadings, which could be limited in its recitation of the facts and be subject to "the pleading strategies, whims, and vagaries of third-party claimants to control the rights of parties to an insurance contract.
The majority viewpoint is rooted in a pro-insured principle that an insurance contract is a contract of adhesion, and the only way for the insured to get the benefit of its bargain is to have the insurer examine all known facts to determine if the duty to defend has been triggered.
1 -- 2) Israel Vazquez, left, defends his WBC super bantamweight title against Rafael Marquez, right, on March 3 at Home Depot Center.
The Washington Post's April 11 editorial also pointed out that Pryor had "teamed up with one of Pat Robertson's organizations in a court effort to defend student-led prayer in the public schools.
Following Bourdieu, Matz distinguishes cultural from economic and political capital, and this distinction serves as a basis for his attempt in the final chapter to defend literary study in today's university by arguing for a relative autonomy of literature and the pleasurable profit of studying it.
Lionel Trilling, though not given to supernaturalism, sought to defend a culture ordered by intellect.
If we do not have the courage to defend our naturalistic convictions on this score, then who on the current scene will do so?
Unable to upstage the president on this call to arms, Dole has abandoned the issue as a campaign centerpiece, and the Defend America Act has been temporarily tabled.
If the company elects to defend itself, accruing $5 million is intuitively sound accounting.
District Court Judge Stephen Larson issued an Order granting Motions for Summary Judgment brought by MGA Entertainment against two insurers for failing to defend MGA in litigation relating to the Bratz brand.
It's a long-held axiom that an insurer's duty to defend is broader than its duty to indemnify.