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  • 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
  • a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
    • he gave evidence for the defense
  • a structure used to defend against attack
    • the artillery battered down the defenses
  • an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
    • he joined the defense against invasion
  • 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
  • the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
    • the defense called for a mistrial
  • the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
  • (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
  • the justification for some act or belief
    • he offered a persuasive defense of the theory
  • (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
    • his teams are always good on defense
  • protection from harm
    • sanitation is the best defense against disease
  • (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
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