Associations to the word «Defense»


DEFENSE, noun. The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.
DEFENSE, noun. Anything employed to oppose attack(s).
DEFENSE, noun. (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
DEFENSE, noun. (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
DEFENSE, noun. An argument in support or justification of something.
DEFENSE, noun. Government policy or (infra)structure related to the military.
DEFENSE, noun. (obsolete) Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
DEFENSE IN ABATEMENT, noun. (legal) Plea to the effect that from some formal defect (e.g. misnomer, want of jurisdiction) the proceedings should be abated.
DEFENSE MECHANISM, noun. (psychology) A psychological strategy used unconsciously by people to cope with harmful or stressful situations.
DEFENSE MECHANISM, noun. (evolutionary biology) An automatic reaction of the body against foreign antibodies.
DEFENSE MECHANISMS, noun. Plural of defense mechanism

Dictionary definition

DEFENSE, noun. (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program".
DEFENSE, noun. Protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease".
DEFENSE, noun. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense".
DEFENSE, noun. The justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory".
DEFENSE, noun. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires.
DEFENSE, noun. The federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947.
DEFENSE, noun. The defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the defense called for a mistrial".
DEFENSE, noun. The speech act of answering an attack on your assertions; "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it".
DEFENSE, noun. An organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion".
DEFENSE, noun. A structure used to defend against attack; "the artillery battered down the defenses".
DEFENSE, noun. A defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense".
DEFENSE, noun. The act of defending someone or something against attack or injury; "a good boxer needs a good defense"; "defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem".

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