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Definition of 'defense'

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  1. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
       Synonyms: defence defending team
       Antonyms: offense offence offense offence
  2. 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: defence defensive measure
  3. the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the defense called for a mistrial"
       Synonyms: defence defense team defense lawyers
       Antonyms: prosecution
  4. protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease"
       Synonyms: defence
  5. a structure used to defend against attack; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
       Synonyms: defensive structure defence
  6. 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 defence
  7. the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
       Synonyms: defence vindication
  8. a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
       Synonyms: defence denial demurrer
       Antonyms: prosecution criminal prosecution
  9. an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"
       Synonyms: defence defense force defence force
  10. the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
       Synonyms: Department of Defense Defense Department United States Department of Defense DoD
  11. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
       Synonyms: defense mechanism defense reaction defence mechanism defence reaction defence

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