Definitions of defense

  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. ( sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; " his teams are always good on defense"
  11. the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the UnitedStates; created in 1947
  12. Alt. of Defence
  13. To furnish with defenses; to fortify.
  14. Defenseless.
  15. The act or state of guarding or being guarded; protection; a plea or answer in court to a charge or a suit. Also, defence.
  16. The act of defending; anything that defends; a plea in justification; excuse; apology.

Usage examples for defense

  1. It is urged in defense of the movement that sugar has been sold at an actual loss by both the wholesale and retail trade for a very long time. – Monopolies and the People by Charles Whiting Baker
  2. The brief for the defense – Foul Play by Charles Reade Dion Boucicault
  3. He knew I was lying, but he had no suspicion why I lied and he could hardly argue in her defense with me, a stranger. – The Portal of Dreams by Charles Neville Buck
  4. But all these preparations for defense or attack proved unnecessary. – Jacqueline, Complete by (Mme. Blanc) Th. Bentzon Last Updated: March 3, 2009
  5. How can they ever take a town that has such advantages for defense and protection as this? – Strange True Stories of Louisiana by George Washington Cable
  6. A defense of Milton, published in 1740, brought on the controversy with Gottsched. – An anthology of German literature by Calvin Thomas
  7. Boys, he called back, our defense rests mainly upon you. – Our Pilots in the Air by Captain William B. Perry
  8. His story would, as he says, have been a great deal worse than no defense at all. – The Woman in Black by Edmund Clerihew Bentley
  9. That's the whole trouble with reform- no one is willing to improve himself and let his neighbor alone; for all you know, Sarah, you drive Jack Welles fishing in self- defense – Rainbow Hill by Josephine Lawrence
  10. It could not pass the defense of my will. – The Thing from the Lake by Eleanor M. Ingram
  11. The British had been put to flight and had gone to the defense of New England and New York. – The Quaker Colonies A Chronicle of the Proprietors of the Delaware, Volume 8 in The Chronicles Of America Series by Sydney G. Fisher
  12. That little note of involuntary defense was a dangerous thing for Tembarom. – T. Tembarom by Frances Hodgson Burnett
  13. I am at their mercy, and am without defense – Cord and Creese by James de Mille
  14. Nay, would you not rather strengthen your citadel by every means in your power, and remain within the walls for its defense – Pulpit and Press by Mary Baker Eddy
  15. A plan of attack, not of defense was now the prime necessity. – Beginnings of the American People by Carl Lotus Becker
  16. Under these circumstances I have felt compelled to leave the defense of our property in the hands of the Government. – A Man of Mark by Anthony Hope
  17. He sees that he has no defense – Johnstone of the Border by Harold Bindloss
  18. What was there in the present moment to amuse him, save her own intention to come immediately to Donald's defense – The Girl Scouts in Beechwood Forest by Margaret Vandercook
  19. I still think that a young man ought to have a knowledge of the manly art of self- defense and if I could acquire such a knowledge without getting into a fight about it I would surely learn how to defend myself. – Remarks by Bill Nye
  20. Whether Hector Hall was riding down on him in defense of his friend, or whether he was trying to drive Reid from the shelter of his fallen horse, Mackenzie did not know, but from that moment Hall was his business, no matter where he stood. – The Flockmaster of Poison Creek by George W. Ogden