Defense meaning

dĭ-fĕns
Defense is defined as protection or the act of guarding.

An example of defense is the military.

An example of defense is a bodyguard.

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A means or method of defending or protecting.
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(sports) The act or an instance of defending a championship against a challenger.

Will box in his third defense of his title.

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An argument in support or justification of something.
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To play defense against (an opponent or play).
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The act of defending against attack, danger, or injury.
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The science or art of defending oneself; self-defense.
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The act or power of defending, or guarding against attack, harm, or danger.
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The fact or state of being defended.
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Justification or support by speech or writing; vindication.
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Self-protection, as by boxing.
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(informal) To plan or execute a defense against (esp. an offensive maneuver) in a game or sport.
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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.
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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.
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A defense derived from those historically used in courts of equity, such as mutual mistake.
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The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.
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Anything employed to oppose attack(s).
  • (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
  • (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
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An argument in support or justification of something.
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Government policy or structure related to the military.

Department of Defense.

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The military, governmental, and industrial complex, especially as it authorizes and manages weaponry production.
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To attempt to stop (the opposition) from scoring.
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on defense
  • engaged in an attempt to prevent an opposing team from scoring
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Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

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