- Defense is defined as protection or the act of guarding.
- An example of defense is the military.
- An example of defense is a bodyguard.
defense definition by Webster's New World
- the act or power of defending, or guarding against attack, harm, or danger
- the fact or state of being defended
- something that defends; means of or resources for protection
- a plan or system for defending
- justification or support by speech or writing; vindication
- self-protection, as by boxing
- a team when it is attempting to prevent scoring by an opponent in any contest
- the ability to prevent an opposing team from scoring
- the strategy, plays, etc. used to prevent an opposing team from scoring
- the arguments in behalf of the defendant in a law case
- ☆ the defendant and his or her lawyer or lawyers, collectively
Origin: Middle English ; from Old French ; from Late Latin defensa ; from feminine of Classical Latin defensus, past participle of defendere
defense definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- The act of defending against attack, danger, or injury.
- A means or method of defending or protecting.
- Sports The act or an instance of defending a championship against a challenger: will box in his third defense of his title.
- An argument in support or justification of something. See Synonyms at apology.
- Law a. The action of the defendant in opposition to complaints against him or her.b. The defendant and his or her legal counsel.
- The science or art of defending oneself; self-defense.
- often Sports a. Means or tactics used in trying to stop the opposition from scoring.b. The team or those players on the team attempting to stop the opposition from scoring.
- The military, governmental, and industrial complex, especially as it authorizes and manages weaponry production.
- To attempt to stop (the opposition) from scoring.
- To play defense against (an opponent); guard.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French, from Latin dēfēnsa, from feminine past participle of dēfendere, to ward off; see defend.
- de·fenseˈless adjective
- de·fenseˈless·ly adverb
- de·fenseˈless·ness noun
defense - Legal Definition
defense - Medical Definition
- defensive adjective
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