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[koh-ri-spon-duh nt] /ˌkoʊ rɪˈspɒn dənt/
noun, Law.
a joint defendant, charged along with the respondent, especially a person charged with adultery in a divorce proceeding.
Origin of corespondent
1855-60; co- + respondent
Can be confused
corespondent, correspondent. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Historical Examples
  • The Ashursts hitherto have been quite respectable: a co-respondent or two, perhaps, but never anything serious.

  • I suppose you will name Charles's business as the co-respondent.

    Making People Happy Thompson Buchanan
  • The co-respondent in the case will not refute the charge against him,—and I, the plaintiff, must win my just cause.

    Thelma Marie Corelli
  • Mrs. Cheever, you are the co-respondent in this case of Dyckman versus Dyckman?

    We Can't Have Everything Rupert Hughes
  • As you remarked, a divorced wife can run soup-kitchens and in the same way a co-respondent can write articles and go to concerts.

    Adrienne Toner Anne Douglas Sedgwick
  • If he catches the co-respondent he may kill him (if he can).

  • Proceedings for divorce were taken with Parnell as the co-respondent: the case was undefended.

  • It occurred to witness that they were in the co-respondent's handwriting.

  • It really raises the question whether a man who has wrongly been named as co-respondent is in honour bound to marry the defendant.

    When Winter Comes to Main Street Grant Martin Overton
  • He couldn't make love to a woman without being cited as a co-respondent, and then in the worst light.

    The Romantic Lady Michael Arlen
British Dictionary definitions for co-respondent


(law) a person cited in divorce proceedings, who is alleged to have committed adultery with the respondent
Derived Forms
co-respondency, noun
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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