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Definitions of defence

  1. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. a structure used for defense; "the artillery battered down the defenses" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions; "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the defense called for a mistrial" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  10. the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  11. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. See Defense. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection. Webster Dictionary DB
  15. Protecting plea; vindication; justification. Webster Dictionary DB
  16. The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action. Webster Dictionary DB
  17. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc. Webster Dictionary DB
  18. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance. Webster Dictionary DB
  19. Protection. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  20. Same as DEFENSE, etc. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  21. The act of defending; anything that defends; a plea in justification; excuse; apology. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  22. The act or the art of defending; that which defends; fortification; protection; vindication; the defendant's reply to the plaintiff's declaration, demands, or charges; a work that flanks another. Lines of defence, a series of fortified points so disposed as to form a continuous defence. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  23. Anything that protects from danger, injury, or attack; protection; justification; resistance; opposition; reply to demands or charges. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  24. de-fens', n. a defending: protection: vindication: (law) a defendant's plea.--pa.p. DEFENC'ED (B.), fortified.--adj. DEFENCE'LESS.--adv. DEFENCE'LESSLY.--n. DEFENCE'LESSNESS. [See DEFEND.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  25. Defending from, resistance against, attack (cf. OFFENCE; best d. is offence, advantage goes with the initiative; in cricket, guarding of one\'s wicket, also batting as opposed to bowling; science or art of d., boxing or fencing); (Mil., pl.) fortifications (also line of d., series of fortified posts); thing that protects; justification, vindication, speech or writing used to this end; (Law) accused party\'s denial, pleading, & proceedings. Hence defenceless a., defencelessly adv., defencelessness n. [old French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  26. n. [French] Act of defending, or state of being defended;—that which defends or protects; guard; protection;—the art of defending; military skill;—flanking works or bastions;—resistance; opposition;—vindication; justification; plea;—the reply of a defendant to a charge or allegation. Cabinet Dictionary
  27. Guard, protection; vindication, justification, apology; prohibition; resistance; in law, the defendant’s reply after declaration produced; in fortification, the part that flanks another work. Complete Dictionary

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