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First published 1952 (SND Vol. III).
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DEFENDER, n. Sc. law: the defending party in a civil action = Eng. defendant (Sc. 1779 J. Beattie Scoticisms 11; 1890 Bell Dict. Law Scot. 304).Sc. 1903 J. Erskine Princ. Law Scot. iv. i. 39:
In the case of an action of reduction of a deed, the pursuer calls upon the defender to produce the deed in question, and the defender must do so.

[Found in O.Sc. from 1429.]

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