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'defense' - used as a noun
1. the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
2. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
his teams are always good on defense
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. the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
the defense called for a mistrial
5. protection from harm
sanitation is the best defense against disease
6. a structure used to defend against attack
the artillery battered down the defenses
7. the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
in defense he said the other man started it
8. the justification for some act or belief
he offered a persuasive defense of the theory
9. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
he gave evidence for the defense
10. an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
he joined the defense against invasion
11. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
Variations of 'defense'
 
Antonym
  • offense
  • prosecution
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    As a defense mechanism, the North American Opossum closes its eyes and becomes totally limp. Basically it plays dead.