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Definitions of defence

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

Usage examples for defence

  1. 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
  2. So I'm on my defence, then? – The Grell Mystery by Frank Froest
  3. Consent is no defence. – Aids to Forensic Medicine and Toxicology by W. G. Aitchison Robertson
  4. Men are giving up their lives in defence of you and your property. – The Last Shot by Frederick Palmer
  5. She was cross- examined by the defence, but without effect. – The Lost Lady of Lone by E.D.E.N. Southworth
  6. Mr. Gloag came, as he thought, to Tommy's defence. – Tommy and Grizel by J.M. Barrie
  7. 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
  8. " The learned counsel for the defence," etc. – Together by Robert Herrick (1868-1938)
  9. You must be aware, Miss Marvell, that the public thinks they want defence. – Delia Blanchflower by Mrs. Humphry Ward
  10. " Thee means but a silly," snapped Mrs. Meredith, made the more angry by his defence of the girl. – Janice Meredith by Paul Leicester Ford
  11. 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
  12. " 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
  13. Say Nature's heaven- gift for her defence. – The Bag of Diamonds by George Manville Fenn
  14. From a practical point of view, we have no defence. – Leaves in the Wind by A. G. Gardiner
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