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The party that is sued in a lawsuit.
In a lawsuit, the defendant – also known as the "respondent" – is the person accused of a "civil wrong," like a tort or breach of contract, by the plaintiff. Usually, defendants are people or businesses, but they can even be objects, as in the 1916 case United States v. Forty Barrels and Twenty Kegs of Coca-Cola.
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