Etymology
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defence

see defense.

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Definitions of defence

defence (n.)
(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires;
Synonyms: defense mechanism / defense reaction / defence mechanism / defence reaction / defense
defence (n.)
(sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring;
Synonyms: defense / defending team
defence (n.)
the defendant and his legal advisors collectively;
Synonyms: defense / defense team / defense lawyers
defence (n.)
an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack;
Synonyms: defense / defense force / defence force
defence (n.)
the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions;
Synonyms: refutation / defense
defence (n.)
the justification for some act or belief;
Synonyms: defense / vindication
defence (n.)
a structure used to defend against attack;
Synonyms: defensive structure / defense
defence (n.)
a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him;
Synonyms: defense / denial / demurrer
defence (n.)
(military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies;
Synonyms: defense / defensive measure
defence (n.)
protection from harm;
Synonyms: defense
defence (n.)
the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury;
Synonyms: defense
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