Pronunciation: (ak"yoo-zā'shun), [key]
—n. 1. a charge of wrongdoing; imputation of guilt or blame.
2. the specific
offense charged: The accusation is murder.
3. the act of accusing or state of being accused
Pronunciation: (al"i-gā'shun), [key]
—n. 1. the act of alleging; affirmation.
2. an assertion made with little
or no proof.
3. an assertion made by a party in a legal proceeding, which the party then undertakes to prove.
a statement offered as a plea, excuse, or justification.
an unemancipating human being under the age of eighteen
mistreatment of a child by a parent
or guardian, including neglect, beating, and sexual molestation.
the physical abuse of a child by a parent or guardian, as by beating.
or, esp. in court for 1, -dant), [key]
Law.a person, company, etc., against whom a claim or charge is
brought in a court (opposed to plaintiff).
one who is alleged to have committed something is a defendant
a plaintiff is require to prove the defendant is guilty of the alleged offense in order for the defendant
to be considered guilty
—adj., fals•er, fals•est,
1. not true or correct; erroneous: a false statement.
2. uttering or declaring
what is untrue: a false witness.
3. tending to deceive or mislead; deceptive: a false impression.
1. dishonestly; faithlessly; treacherously: Did he speak false against me?
play someone false, to betray someone; be treacherous or faithless
making an allegation against another knowing it is not true
1. a father or a mother.
2. a protector or guardian.
to be or act as parent of: to parent children with both love and discipline.
—n. Law. a person who brings suit in a court (opposed to defendant
a plaintiff makes a complaint about the defendant
—v.t. 1. to defend or guard from attack, invasion, loss, annoyance, insult, etc.;
cover or shield from injury or danger.
a parent or one acting in a parental role such as foster parent, adoptive parent, grandparent, mother or
father who attempts to defend and protect a child against harm from another,