defense[dē fens′, di-; also, and for n.6 usually, dē′fens′]
- Defense is defined as protection or the act of guarding.
- An example of defense is the military.
- An example of defense is a bodyguard.
- 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 of defenseMiddle English ; from Old French ; from Late Latin defensa ; from feminine of Classical Latin defensus, past participle of defendere
Sports engaged in an attempt to prevent an opposing team from scoring
- 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 act of defending a case.b. A fact or law that provides a full or partial exoneration of the defendant against the charges or claims made in a lawsuit or prosecution.c. The defendant and his or her legal counsel.
- The science or art of defending oneself; self-defense.
- Sports a. The 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.c. Defending ability or potential.
- The military, governmental, and industrial complex, especially as it authorizes and manages weaponry production.
transitive verbde·fensed, de·fens·ing, de·fens·es Sports
- To attempt to stop (the opposition) from scoring.
- To play defense against (an opponent or play).
Origin of defenseMiddle English, from Old French, from Latin dēfēnsa, from feminine past participle of dēfendere, to ward off; see defend.
(plural defenses) (US)
- The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.
- Anything employed to oppose attack(s).
- An argument in support or justification of something.
- Government policy or structure related to the military.
- Department of Defense
OriginSee also: défense
- From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".
defense - Legal Definition
Collectively, the attorneys representing a defendant and any laypeople assisting them in their efforts, particularly in a criminal trial. In litigation, generally a factual denial or an assertion of facts or law that counters or negates a claim made by the other party. See also self defense.affirmative defense
A statement of fact in a responsive pleading that, if true, has the effect of canceling or rendering ineffective a claim of the other party. For example, the truth of an allegedly defamatory statement is an affirmative defense.equitable defense
A defense derived from those historically used in courts of equity, such as mutual mistake.