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defence
'defence' - used as a noun
1. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
2. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
his teams are always good on defence
3. the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
the defence called for a mistrial
4. an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
he joined the defence against invasion
5. the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
in defence he said the other man started it
6. the justification for some act or belief
he offered a persuasive defence of the theory
7. a structure used to defend against attack
the artillery battered down the defences
8. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
he gave evidence for the defence
9. military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
they died in the defence of Stalingrad
they were developed for the defence program
10. protection from harm
sanitation is the best defence against disease
Variations of 'defence'
 
Antonym
  • offence
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