- Defence, the British spelling of defense, is defined as a protection against attack or the act of guarding, or an action that is taken in response to an attack.
- A moat protecting your castle is an example of the first line of defence.
- When someone attacks your actions and decisions and says you did everything wrong, the way in which you argue that this is not true is an example of a defence of your actions.
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noun & v. Chiefly British
Variant of defense.