Definitions of defence

  1. See Defense.
  2. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; " he gave evidence for the defense"
  3. 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"
  4. the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; " his teams are always good on defense"
  5. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
  6. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.
  7. Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
  8. 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.
  9. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.
  10. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
  11. Protection.
  12. The act of defending; anything that defends; a plea in justification; excuse; apology.
  13. 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.
  14. Anything that protects from danger, injury, or attack; protection; justification; resistance; opposition; reply to demands or charges.