Defense Definition

dĭ-fĕns
defense, defenses
noun
defenses
The act or power of defending, or guarding against attack, harm, or danger.
Webster's New World
The fact or state of being defended.
Webster's New World
Something that defends; means of or resources for protection.
Webster's New World
The act or an instance of defending a championship against a challenger.
Will box in his third defense of his title.
American Heritage
Justification or support by speech or writing; vindication.
Webster's New World
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verb
To plan or execute a defense against (esp. an offensive maneuver) in a game or sport.
Webster's New World
To attempt to stop (the opposition) from scoring.
American Heritage
To play defense against (an opponent or play).
American Heritage
other
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.
Webster's New World Law
A defense derived from those historically used in courts of equity, such as mutual mistake.
Webster's New World Law
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idiom
on defense
  • engaged in an attempt to prevent an opposing team from scoring
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Defense

Noun

Singular:
defense
Plural:
defenses

Idioms, Phrasal Verbs Related to Defense

  • on defense

Origin of Defense

  • Middle English from Old French from Latin dēfēnsa from feminine past participle of dēfendere to ward off defend

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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