Definitions of defence

  1. ( psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
  2. protection from harm; " sanitation is the best defense against disease"
  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"
  4. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; " he gave evidence for the defense"
  5. a structure used for defense; " the artillery battered down the defenses"
  6. the justification for some act or belief; " he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
  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"
  8. an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; " he joined the defense against invasion"
  9. the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; " the defense called for a mistrial"
  10. the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; " his teams are always good on defense"
  11. ( sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; " his teams are always good on defense"
  12. See Defense.
  13. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
  14. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.
  15. Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
  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.
  17. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.
  18. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
  19. Protection.
  20. Same as DEFENSE, etc.
  21. The act of defending; anything that defends; a plea in justification; excuse; apology.
  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.
  23. Anything that protects from danger, injury, or attack; protection; justification; resistance; opposition; reply to demands or charges.

Usage examples for defence

  1. Great praise is due for the brave defence of his ship. – Memoirs and Correspondence of Admiral Lord de Saumarez, Vol. I by Sir John Ross
  2. I done it in self- defence." – Gallegher and Other Stories by Richard Harding Davis
  3. Consent is no defence. – Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  4. But if it shall any thing auaile to thine honour or defence, I will thinke my trauaile right well bestowed. – The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation, v. 1, Northern Europe by Richard Hakluyt
  5. Besides these, several persons went before and many behind, for his defence. – A General History and Collection of Voyages and Travels, Vol. VIII. by Robert Kerr
  6. You must be aware, Miss Marvell, that the public thinks they want defence. – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  7. " The learned counsel for the defence," etc. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  8. He acted in self- defence, and only returned the ranger's fire. – Under a Charm, Vol. III. (of III) A Novel by E. Werner
  9. So I'm on my defence, then? – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  10. Mr. Gloag came, as he thought, to Tommy's defence. – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  11. " I didn't laugh," protested Linnet, flung upon her defence. – Major Vigoureux by A. T. Quiller-Couch
  12. Say Nature's heaven- gift for her defence. – The Bag of Diamonds by George Manville Fenn
  13. Vavasor took care, however, after hearing the first words of defence which some remark of his brought from Hester, not to go farther, and turned the thing he had said aside. – Weighed and Wanting by George MacDonald
  14. Then, after the other prisoners had pleaded, Campion delivered a final defence to the jury, with a solemnity that seemed to belong to a judge rather than a criminal. – By What Authority? by Robert Hugh Benson
  15. " Thee means but a silly," snapped Mrs. Meredith, made the more angry by his defence of the girl. – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  16. Clementina did not defend herself, and Mrs. Lander presently came to her defence. – Entire PG Edition of The Works of William Dean Howells by William Dean Howells
  17. From a practical point of view, we have no defence. – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
  18. Men are giving up their lives in defence of you and your property. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  19. She was cross- examined by the defence, but without effect. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  20. " No," said John, mournfully; " it is only to be my defence, for unfortunately it is always necessary for me to defend myself." – Andreas Hofer by Lousia Muhlbach