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Definition of 'defence'

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  1. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
       Synonyms: defense mechanism defense reaction defence mechanism defence reaction defense
  2. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
       Synonyms: defense defending team
       Antonyms: offense offence offense offence
  3. the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the defense called for a mistrial"
       Synonyms: defense defense team defense lawyers
       Antonyms: prosecution
  4. an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"
       Synonyms: defense defense force defence force
  5. 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"
       Synonyms: refutation defense
  6. the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
       Synonyms: defense vindication
  7. a structure used to defend against attack; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
       Synonyms: defensive structure defense
  8. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
       Synonyms: defense denial demurrer
       Antonyms: prosecution criminal prosecution
  9. military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
       Synonyms: defense defensive measure
  10. protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease"
       Synonyms: defense

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