Definition of Defense

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

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

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

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

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

6. Noun. The federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947.

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

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

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

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

11. Noun. A defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him. "He gave evidence for the defense"
Exact synonyms: Defence, 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

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

Definition of Defense

1. n. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.

2. v. t. To furnish with defenses; to fortify.

Definition of Defense

1. Noun. The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury. ¹

2. Noun. Anything employed to oppose attack(s). ¹

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

4. Noun. Government policy or structure related to the military. ¹

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Definition of Defense

1. to guard against a specific attack [v -FENSED, -FENSING, -FENSES]

Medical Definition of Defense

1. The psychological mechanisms used to control anxiety, e.g., rationalization, projection. Origin: L. Defendo, to ward off (05 Mar 2000)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Defense

defending team
defending zone
defending zones
defense (current term)
defense-independent pitching statistics
defense attorney
defense contractor
defense force
defense in abatement
defense laboratory
defense lawyer
defense lawyers
defense mechanism
defense mechanisms
defense policy
defense program
defense reaction
defense reflex

Literary usage of Defense

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

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1920)
"Anything further for the defense? Nothing. When you go into your room, ... ( 1} It is sometimes said that the law of self- defense is based on absolute ..."

2. Europe Since 1815 by Charles Downer Hazen (1910)
"the Government of National defense, made a remarkably courageous and spirited defense under the most discouraging conditions. The GOT- The new Government of ..."

3. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1903)
"To refuse this defense of a burning and total destruction of the notes leaves the strange and anomalous spectacle of a recovery by the government on account ..."

4. Commentaries on the Laws of England by William Blackstone, William Carey Jones (1915)
"It is quite possible that the anomalous allowance of the defense of duress ... But whatever its origin, the defense of duress does not differ in its nature ..."

5. The Popular Science Monthly (1882)
"A few external organs of defense are familiar to every one—as horns, claws, teeth, ... This brief paper will only treat of defense against enemies ; and, ..."

6. Proceedings of the United States Naval Institute by United States Naval Institute (1903)
"I have read the article by Captain Dion Williams, USM C, on "The defense of Our New Naval Stations," carefully and attentively several times and fully agree ..."

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