• WordNet 3.6
    • n defendant a person or institution against whom an action is brought in a court of law; the person being sued or accused
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: suit against G-d. He won because the defendant never showed up in court.
    • Defendant (Law) A person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff.
    • Defendant Making defense.
    • Defendant One who defends; a defender. "The rampiers and ditches which the defendants had cast up."
    • Defendant Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive. "With men of courage and with means defendant ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • defendant Defensive; proper for defense.
    • defendant In law, making defense; being in the attitude of a defendant: as, the party defendant.
    • n defendant One who defends against an assailant, or against the approach of evil or danger; a defender.
    • n defendant In law, a party sued in a court of law, whether in a civil or a criminal proceeding; one who is summoned into court, that he may have opportunity to defend, deny, or oppose the demand or charge, and maintain his own right.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Defendant a defender:
    • ns Defendant (law) a person accused or sued
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  • Lord Byron
    “The poor dog, in life the firmest friend. The first to welcome, foremost to defend.”
  • Andre Maurois
    “The difficult part in an argument is not to defend one's opinion, but rather to know it.”
  • Calvin Coolidge
    “The nation which forgets its defenders will be itself forgotten.”
  • German Proverb
    German Proverb
    “Even the lion has to defend himself against flies.”
  • Hubert H. Humphrey
    “It is not enough to merely defend democracy. To defend it may be to lose it; to extend it is to strengthen it. Democracy is not property; it is an idea.”
  • Phyllis Schlafly
    Phyllis Schlafly
    “What I am defending is the real rights of women. A woman should have the right to be in the home as a wife and mother.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F. défendant, p. pr. of défendre,. See Defend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. defendĕre, defensum, to ward off—de, off, and obs. fendĕre, to strike.


In literature:

There was no time to occupy and attempt to defend the city.
"Historical Tales, Vol. 6 (of 15)" by Charles Morris
General Dayat was sent to Niort, with six thousand men; and was to defend the line between Sables and Saint Gilles.
"No Surrender!" by G. A. Henty
The faithful Swiss defended the inner door and, when driven back, defended for a time a barricade hastily thrown up on the stairs.
"Saint Bartholomew's Eve" by G. A. Henty
Menendez marched overland with his troops to the unprotected fort and easily captured it with its handful of defenders.
"The Land We Live In" by Henry Mann
Now, all united, we will defend our rights.
"Current History, A Monthly Magazine" by New York Times
These are defending themselves as best they can.
"At the Point of the Bayonet" by G. A. Henty
Butt; the interests of the other defendants being committed to much abler hands.
"The Trial of Charles Random de Berenger, Sir Thomas Cochrane," by William Brodie Gurney
He imagined that he had Germany at his feet, and exulted over the defenders of her freedom.
"Heroes of Modern Europe" by Alice Birkhead
His guilt was clear; he did not even attempt to defend himself.
"Hurricane Hurry" by W.H.G. Kingston
It quivered beneath the terrible shock, and a cry of dismay arose from the defenders.
"For the Temple" by G. A. Henty

In poetry:

My enemies both reared and kicked,
I could only wait and trust;
But good men defended my cause,
Like Doctors Hartzell and Rust.
"From Degradation Through Supplication To Education. The Negro." by Frank Barbour Coffin
Now Heaven defend thee, mother bold,
Thy peril is extreme:
Thou'rt dead, if thou let go thy hold,
Scar'd by that savage scream;
"The Eagle" by William Hayley
It is the law that hand intends
Which framed diversity of sex;
The man the woman still defends,
The manly boy the girl protects.
"The Duty Of A Brother" by Charles Lamb
How the shower of stones descended,
Holy Stephen, on thy head!
While his tongue the truth defended,
How the glorious Martyr bled!
"The True Heroes : Or, The Noble Army Of Martyrs" by Hannah More
Though louring skies on me descend,
And rugged paths I tread,
His "friendly" staff shall still defend,
And lift my fainting head.
"Hymn" by Maria Frances Cecilia Cowper
In death's dark valley though I stray,
'Twould there my steps attend;
Guide with the staff my lonely way,
And with the rod defend.
"Morning Thoughts" by James Montgomery

In news:

Giants linebacker Michael Boley , who's out with a bad hamstring, isn't exactly moving along at a great pace, with the valuable defender admitting Tuesday that he's worried about missing so much camp time.
Some on the right, joining the president's usual defenders, were sympathetic to Obama's handling of the BP oil spill.
Crazy Crap Bill Boner Defends Himself from Sexual Harassment Charges by Sexually Harassing.
DOJ Defends Apple E-Book Case.
Josh Beckett defends the ocelot.
Defendant points to real estate collateral, insurance payout after property fire.
DENNY SIMMONS / Courier & Press ds111312gbkcas04 Castle's Zuriel Sanders (30) goes up for a layup while defended by Bosse 's Jasmine Washington (24) during the first half of their game at Castle High School Tuesday night.
And they used a few defenders to do it.
Dozen House women defend Rice over Libya comments.
The Madera South football team will travel to Fresno today to take on the defending Central Section Division I runner-up Bullard in the County/Metro Athletic Conference opener.
Vandy Researcher Defends Political Attack Ads.
As the defending Western Conference champion, the Thunder no doubt is wearing a target this season.
Enlarge Jerry McCrea/The Star-Ledger Jose Felicano defendant.
Fall is in full swing and as nature transitions to cold weather across the country, OtterBox has announced a flock of Defender Series and Commuter Series cases with Realtree camouflage .
OtterBox says its Defender Series cases offer three layers of protection from harsh conditions.

In science:

If the attacker has two troops the probability to beat one defending troop the probability is already as high as 75%.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
With the methods proposed earlier in this paper one can compute the probabilities when the defender has nd troops.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
The expectation of lost troops approaches the limit three when the number of defenders nd increases.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
In this particular case the standard deviation σ reaches it’s maximum when there are three troops defending.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats
Expected number of surviving defending troops when 6 troops are attacking from two territories.
On probabilities of Risk type board game combats