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Definitions of defense

  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. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense" Wordnet Dictionary DB
  11. the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the UnitedStates; created in 1947 Wordnet Dictionary DB
  12. Alt. of Defence Webster Dictionary DB
  13. To furnish with defenses; to fortify. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Defenseless. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. The act or state of guarding or being guarded; protection; a plea or answer in court to a charge or a suit. Also, defence. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. 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.

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