Definition of co-respondent in US English:


(also corespondent)


  • A person cited in a divorce case as having committed adultery with the respondent.

    • ‘Parnell's political career was destroyed by the party split that followed his citation as co-respondent in the O'Shea divorce petition of December 1889, and his failure to defend the action.’
    • ‘In 1889 Parnell was cited as co-respondent in a divorce case, and the scandal cost him the leadership of his party.’
    • ‘Let's put it this way: One could not go into divorce court and name Penthouse a co-respondent.’
    • ‘He quickly appointed Hampshire to a lectureship (making up for having cited Hampshire as co-respondent in his divorce from Renee), then Richard Wollheim.’
    • ‘Parnell had been named as a co-respondent in a divorce petition lodged in 1889 by William O'Shea, the estranged husband of Parnell's long-term mistress and mother of his children.’
    • ‘After being divorced for adultery in 1916, Adam married the co-respondent, Violet Watson, the mother of his second son, Brian.’
    • ‘They had a fling, and when she parted from Hall in 1966, Beatty was named co-respondent in the divorce case.’