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public defender

a lawyer appointed or elected by a city or county as a full-time, official defender to represent indigents in criminal cases at public expense.
Compare assigned counsel.
Origin of public defender
1915-20 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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British Dictionary definitions for public-defender

public defender

(in the US) a lawyer engaged at public expense to represent indigent defendants
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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public-defender in Culture

public defender definition

An attorney who is appointed and paid by a court to defend poor persons who cannot afford a lawyer.

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