Definition of Defence

1. Noun. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires.

2. Noun. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring. "His teams are always good on defense"
Exact synonyms: Defending Team, Defense
Category relationships: Athletics, Sport
Generic synonyms: Squad, Team
Derivative terms: Defend
Antonyms: Offence, Offense

3. Noun. The defendant and his legal advisors collectively. "The defense called for a mistrial"
Exact synonyms: Defense, Defense Lawyers, Defense Team
Generic synonyms: Accumulation, Aggregation, Assemblage, Collection
Derivative terms: Defend
Antonyms: Prosecution

4. Noun. An organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack. "He joined the defense against invasion"
Exact synonyms: Defence Force, Defense, Defense Force
Generic synonyms: Organisation, Organization
Specialized synonyms: Bastion
Derivative terms: Defend

5. Noun. The speech act of answering an attack on your assertions. "In defense he said the other man started it"
Exact synonyms: Defense, Refutation
Generic synonyms: Answer
Specialized synonyms: Confutation, Rebuttal
Derivative terms: Refute

6. Noun. The justification for some act or belief. "He offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
Exact synonyms: Defense, Vindication
Generic synonyms: Justification
Specialized synonyms: Apologia, Apology, Alibi, Alibi, Exculpation, Excuse, Self-justification
Derivative terms: Defend, Vindicate, Vindicate

7. Noun. A structure used to defend against attack. "The artillery battered down the defenses"

8. Noun. A defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him. "He gave evidence for the defense"
Exact synonyms: Defense, Demurrer, Denial
Generic synonyms: Due Process, Due Process Of Law
Group relationships: Trial
Specialized synonyms: Entrapment
Category relationships: Jurisprudence, Law
Antonyms: Prosecution
Derivative terms: Deny

9. Noun. (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies. "They were developed for the defense program"

10. Noun. Protection from harm. "Sanitation is the best defense against disease"
Exact synonyms: Defense
Generic synonyms: Protection

11. Noun. The act of defending someone or something against attack or injury. "Defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem"
Exact synonyms: Defense
Generic synonyms: Protection

Definition of Defence

1. n. & v. t. See Defense.

Definition of Defence

1. Noun. The action of protecting from attack. ¹

2. Noun. Something used to oppose attack. ¹

3. Noun. An argument in support or justification of something. ¹

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Definition of Defence

1. to defense [v -FENCED, -FENCING, -FENCES] - See also: defense

Lexicographical Neighbors of Defence

defence (current term)
defence accord
defence accords
defence diplomacy
defence force
defence mechanism
defence policy
defence program
defence reaction
defence system

Literary usage of Defence

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. Journal by Australian Ex Libris Society (1902)
"a defence of tbe liberties of ... which I am introducing to your notice to-night, is a defence by what we should call to-day constitutional methods. ..."

2. The Cambridge Modern History by John Emerich Edward Dalberg Acton Acton, Adolphus William Ward, George Walter Prothero, Ernest Alfred Benians (1909)
"Though the Colonies contributed something towards their military defence, the imperial Government bore the greatest part of the expense, and men like Cobden ..."

3. On War by Carl von Clausewitz, James John Graham, Frederic Natusch Maude (1908)
"BOOK VII THE ATTACK CHAPTER I THE ATTACK IN RELATION TO THE defence IF two ideas form an exact logical antithesis, that is to say, if the one is the ..."

4. The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon (1900)
"But the last and most glorious action of his life was the defence of Belgrade against the powers of Mahomet the Second in person. ..."

5. A Selected Bibliography and Syllabus of the History of the South, 1584-1876 by Howard Haines Brinton, Roderick Langmere Haig-Brown, Alexander von Humboldt, John Nicol Farquhar, William Kenneth Boyd, John Washington Lockhart, Robert Reid, José López de Bustamante, Robert Preston Brooks, Jonnie (Lockhart) Wallis, Evergreen Press, F (1915)
"CHAPTER IV •^ FULL defence OF THE OLD RELIGIONS 1870-1913 AT the beginning of our third chapter we noted the rise in India about 1870 of a new'spirit, ..."

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