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from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Law A joint defendant.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any of several defendants answering the same charge.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A joint defendant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A joint defendant (in some action or suit).

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

  • n. a defendant who has been joined together with one or more other defendants in a single action
  • n. a defendant who has been joined together with one or more other defendants in a single action

Etymologies

co- +‎ defendant (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Complicating the Rosenberg trial was the fact that the codefendant was a woman.

    Going Home to Glory

  • I didn't know what to do, laughed Big Anthony, as he admitted being part of the hit team in 1993 that murdered Orena faction rival Joseph Scopo, whose brother, Ralph Jr., is a codefendant in the massive 39-defendant indictment.

    Jerry Capeci: Nephew of Top Mobster Aids in Colombo Family Takedown

  • At the start of the trial, on Monday, a lawyer for Rémy Chardon, a codefendant in the trial who was Mr. Chirac's chief of staff at the time, submitted a constitutional claim to the court.

    Chirac Trial Suspended

  • PARIS—A French court on Tuesday suspended the trial of former French President Jacques Chirac until a higher court rules on a constitutional claim lodged by a codefendant.

    Chirac Trial Suspended

  • PARIS—Former French President Jacques Chirac is due to stand trial on Monday on embezzlement charges related to his stint as Paris mayor, but a last-minute claim filed by a codefendant could lead the court to adjourn the case indefinitely.

    Chirac's Trial Faces Delay

  • On Monday, however, the court will have to first look into a claim filed by Rémy Chardon, a codefendant in the trial who was Mr. Chirac's chief of staff at the time.

    Chirac's Trial Faces Delay

  • The trial began in March but was suspended for several months while a higher court examined a constitutional claim filed by a codefendant.

    Chirac's Trial to Begin in France

  • In March, the trial was suspended when Rémy Chardon, a codefendant in the trial who had been Mr. Chirac's chief of staff at the time, submitted a constitutional claim to the court.

    Chirac's Trial to Begin in France

  • His expected plea was disclosed by U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff at a hearing for a codefendant and confirmed by a prosecutor.

    Former SAC Capital Trader Expected to Plead Guilty in Insider Probe

  • Mr. Megrahi's codefendant at the 2000 trial, Al Amin Khalifa Fhimah, was set free.

    Scotland Interviews Former Libyan Foreign Minister

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