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Originally appearing in Volume V07, Page 925 of the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica.
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DEFENDANT, in law, a person against whom proceedings are instituted or directed; one who is called upon to answer in any suit. At one time the term " defendant " had a narrower meaning, that of a person sued in a personal action only, the corresponding term in a real action being " tenant," but the distinction is now practically disregarded, except in a few states of the United States.
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DEFENCE (Lat. defendere, to defend)

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