Definition of defendent in US English:

defendent

noun

  • Law. A person or organization against whom a claim, charge, or other legal proceeding is brought.

adjective

  • Law. That faces or defends against a charge or accusation in a legal proceeding; = "defendant". Chiefly in "defendent party". Now rare.

Origin

Late 15th century; earliest use found in Gregory's Chronicle. As noun from post-classical Latin defendent-, defendens defendant, use as noun of masculine of classical Latin dēfendēns, present participle.

Pronunciation

defendent

/dɪˈfɛnd(ə)nt/