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Codefendant Co`de*fend"ant, n.
A joint defendant. --Blackstone.
Defendant 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. --Abbott.
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.
Defendee De`fen*dee", n.
One who is defended. [R. & Ludicrous]
DefenderDefender De*fend"er, n. [Cf. Fender.]
One who defends; one who maintains, supports, protects, or
vindicates; a champion; an advocate; a vindicator.
Provinces . . . left without their ancient and puissant
Defendress De*fend"ress, n.
A female defender. [R.]
Defendress of the faith. --Stow.
Warrant to sue and defendWarrant War"rant, n. [OE. warant, OF. warant a warrant, a
defender, protector, F. garant, originally a p. pr. pf German
origin, fr. OHG. wer[=e]n to grant, warrant, G. gew["a]hren;
akin to OFries. wera. Cf. Guarantee.]
1. That which warrants or authorizes; a commission giving
authority, or justifying the doing of anything; an act,
instrument, or obligation, by which one person authorizes
another to do something which he has not otherwise a right
to do; an act or instrument investing one with a right or
authority, and thus securing him from loss or damage;
commission; authority. Specifically:
(a) A writing which authorizes a person to receive money
or other thing.
(b) (Law) A precept issued by a magistrate authorizing an
officer to make an arrest, a seizure, or a search, or
do other acts incident to the administration of
(c) (Mil. & Nav.) An official certificate of appointment
issued to an officer of lower rank than a commissioned
officer. See Warrant officer, below.
2. That which vouches or insures for anything; guaranty;
I give thee warrant of thy place. --Shak.
His worth is warrant for his welcome hither. --Shak.
3. That which attests or proves; a voucher.
4. Right; legality; allowance. [Obs.] --Shak.
Bench warrant. (Law) See in the Vocabulary.
Dock warrant (Com.), a customhouse license or authority.
General warrant. (Law) See under General.
Land warrant. See under Land.
Search warrant. (Law) See under Search, n.
Warrant of attorney (Law), written authority given by one
person to another empowering him to transact business for
him; specifically, written authority given by a client to
his attorney to appear for him in court, and to suffer
judgment to pass against him by confession in favor of
some specified person. --Bouvier.
Warrant officer, a noncommissioned officer, as a sergeant,
corporal, bandmaster, etc., in the army, or a
quartermaster, gunner, boatswain, etc., in the navy.
Warrant to sue and defend.
(a) (O. Eng. Law) A special warrant from the crown,
authorizing a party to appoint an attorney to sue or
defend for him.
(b) A special authority given by a party to his attorney
to commence a suit, or to appear and defend a suit in
his behalf. This warrant is now disused. --Burrill.
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