Webster 1913 Edition
défendant, p. pr. of
Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive.
With men of courage and with means
One who defends; a defender.
The rampiers and ditches which the
defendantshad cast up.
A person required to make answer in an action or suit; – opposed to plaintiff.
☞ The term is applied to any party of whom a demand is made in court, whether the party denies and defends the claim, or admits it, and suffers a default; also to a party charged with a criminal offense.
Webster 1828 Edition
1.Defensive; proper for defense.
2.Making defense; being in the character of a defendant.
1.He that defends against an assailant, or against the approach of evil or danger.
2.In law, the party that opposes a complaint, demand or charge; he that is summoned into court, and defends, denies or opposes the demand or charge, and maintains his own right. It is applied to any party of whom a demand is made in court, whether the party denies and defends, or admits the claim and suffers a default.