from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who is called upon to answer a summons or other proceeding jointly with another.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. In law, a joint respondent, or one proceeded against along with another or others in an action; specifically, in Eng, law, a man charged with adultery, and made a party together with the wife to the husband's suit for divorce.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the codefendant charged with adultery with the estranged spouse in a divorce proceeding
  • n. the codefendant charged with adultery with the estranged spouse in a divorce proceeding


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