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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典

 de·fen·dant /dɪˈfɛndənt, ||ˌdænt/

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·fend·ant, n.
 1. One who defends; a defender.
    The rampiers and ditches which the defendants had cast up.   --Spotswood.
 2. Law A person required to make answer in an action or suit; -- opposed to plaintiff.
 Note: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.

From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 De·fend·ant a.
 1. Serving, or suitable, for defense; defensive. [Obs.]
    With men of courage and with means defendant.   --Shak.
 2. Making defense.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      n : a person or institution against whom an action is brought in
          a court of law; the person being sued or accused [syn: suspect]
          [ant: plaintiff]