from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun etc. See defense, etc.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • See defense.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The action of protecting from attack.
  • noun Something used to oppose attack.
  • noun An argument in support or justification of something.
  • verb obsolete, transitive To furnish with defences; to fortify.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
  • noun (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
  • noun protection from harm
  • noun a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
  • noun (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
  • noun the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury
  • noun (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
  • noun a structure used to defend against attack
  • noun the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
  • noun the justification for some act or belief
  • noun the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions


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