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Alternative forms 
- defendaunt (obsolete)
defendant (plural defendants)
- (law) In civil proceedings, the party responding to the complaint; one who is sued and called upon to make satisfaction for a wrong complained of by another.
- (law) In criminal proceedings, the accused.
Related terms 
person prosecuted or sued
- Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive.
- With men of courage and with means defendant.
- third-person plural present active subjunctive of dēfendō
- "may they drive away"
- "may they defend, may they guard, may they protect"