The defendant or defendants in a criminal case. (noun)
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Use "accused" in a sentence
"When a witness requested by the accused is available, the witness need not be called if the accused withdraws his request upon being informed that the testimony expected by the accused from the witness will be regarded as having been actually taken."
""The fact that the term 'accused of the offense' is not used does not matter if it is clear" from the arrest warrant "that he was wanted for prosecution and not merely for questioning," the court said today."
"His expression accused her of being disingenuous, but he only said, The horse is hitched and the carriage is waiting."