John Doe

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Definition: John Doe

What is the dictionary definition of John Doe?

Dictionary Definition


  1. a fictitious name used for a possible male defendant who is unknown at the time a complaint is filed to start a lawsuit.
  2. the temporary fictitious name given to an unidentified hospitalized or dead man.

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Modern Language Association (MLA):
John Doe. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. September 22, 2021
Chicago Manual of Style (CMS):
John Doe. Payroll & Accounting Heaven Ltd. (accessed: September 22, 2021).
American Psychological Association (APA):
John Doe. Retrieved September 22, 2021, from website:

Definition Sources

Definitions for John Doe are sourced/syndicated and enhanced from:

  • A Dictionary of Economics (Oxford Quick Reference)
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Accounting
  • Oxford Dictionary Of Business & Management

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