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Definition 1: (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies - [noun denoting act]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • they died in the defense of Stalingrad
  • they were developed for the defense program

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) a military engagement

"he saw action in Korea"

(... is a kind of defence ) a formation of military planes maintained over ground operations or targets

"an air umbrella over England"

(... is a kind of defence ) defense against biological warfare

(... is a kind of defence ) laying explosive mines in concealed places to destroy enemy personnel and equipment

(... is a kind of defence ) procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using chemical agents

(... is a kind of defence ) procedures involved in taking defensive measures against attacks using biological agents

(... is a kind of defence ) a defense organized before contact is made with the enemy and while time for organization is available; usually includes a fortified zone (with pillboxes) and communication systems

(... is a kind of defence ) a defense organized while in contact with the enemy or when time is limited

(... is a kind of defence ) a defensive effort

"the army made a final stand at the Rhone"

(... is a kind of defence ) defensive measures designed to destroy attacking enemy aircraft or missiles or to nullify their effectiveness

(defence belongs to category ...) the military forces of a nation

"their military is the largest in the region" "the military machine is the same one we faced in 1991 but now it is weaker"

Definition 2: the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury - [noun denoting act]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a good boxer needs a good defense
  • defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) the activity of protecting someone or something

"the witnesses demanded police protection"

Definition 3: a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him - [noun denoting act]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he gave evidence for the defense

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) (law) the administration of justice according to established rules and principles; based on the principle that a person cannot be deprived of life or liberty or property without appropriate legal procedures and safeguards

(... is a kind of defence ) a defense that claims the defendant would not have broken the law if not tricked into doing it by law enforcement officials

(... is part of defence) (law) the determination of a person's innocence or guilt by due process of law

"he had a fair trial and the jury found him guilty" "most of these complaints are settled before they go to trial"

(defence belongs to category ...) the collection of rules imposed by authority

"civilization presupposes respect for the law" "the great problem for jurisprudence to allow freedom while enforcing order"

Definition 4: protection from harm - [noun denoting act]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • sanitation is the best defense against disease

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) the activity of protecting someone or something

"the witnesses demanded police protection"

Definition 5: a structure used to defend against attack - [noun denoting artifact]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the artillery battered down the defenses

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) a thing constructed; a complex entity constructed of many parts

"the structure consisted of a series of arches" "she wore her hair in an amazing construction of whirls and ribbons"

(... is a kind of defence ) defensive structure consisting of a movable obstacle composed of barbed wire or spikes attached to a wooden frame; used to obstruct cavalry

(... is a kind of defence ) defensive structure consisting of walls or mounds built around a stronghold to strengthen it

(... is a kind of defence ) a fortified defensive structure

(... is a kind of defence ) defensive structure consisting of a barrier that can be employed for defense against attack

(... is a kind of defence ) subsidiary defensive structure lying outside the main fortified area

"the outworks of the castle"

(... is a kind of defence ) a strongly fortified defensive structure

Definition 6: the justification for some act or belief - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he offered a persuasive defense of the theory

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) a statement in explanation of some action or belief

(... is a kind of defence ) a formal written defense of something you believe in strongly

(... is a kind of defence ) (law) a defense by an accused person purporting to show that he or she could not have committed the crime in question

(... is a kind of defence ) a defense of some offensive behavior or some failure to keep a promise etc.

"he kept finding excuses to stay" "every day he had a new alibi for not getting a job" "his transparent self-justification was unacceptable"

Definition 7: the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions - [noun denoting communication]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive
  • in defense he said the other man started it

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) the speech act of replying to a question

(... is a kind of defence ) the speech act of refuting conclusively

(... is a kind of defence ) the speech act of refuting by offering a contrary contention or argument

Definition 8: the defendant and his legal advisors collectively - [noun denoting group]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • the defense called for a mistrial

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) several things grouped together or considered as a whole

Definition 9: (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring - [noun denoting group]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • his teams are always good on defense

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) a cooperative unit (especially in sports)

(defence belongs to category ...) an active diversion requiring physical exertion and competition

Definition 10: an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack - [noun denoting group]

Samples where defence or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he joined the defense against invasion

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) a group of people who work together

(... is a kind of defence ) a group that defends a principle

"a bastion against corruption" "the last bastion of communism"

Definition 11: (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires - [noun denoting process]

Synonyms for defence in the sense of this definition

(defence is a kind of ...) a mental process that you are not directly aware of

"the process of denial"

(defence is a kind of ...) a process that is assumed to occur in psychoanalytic theory

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which you flee from reality by assuming a more infantile state

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which a person unconsciously develops attitudes and behavior that are the opposite of unacceptable repressed desires and impulses and serve to conceal them

"his strict morality is just a reaction formation to hide his sexual drive"

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your true motivation is concealed by explaining your actions and feelings in a way that is not threatening

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism by which your own traits and emotions are attributed to someone else

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism in which memory of an unacceptable act or impulse is separated from the emotion originally associated with it

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that uses reasoning to block out emotional stress and conflict

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that splits something you are ambivalent about into two representations--one good and one bad

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that transfers affect or reaction from the original object to some more acceptable one

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that denies painful thoughts

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism represses emotional conflicts which are then converted into physical symptoms that have no organic basis

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) a defense mechanism that conceals your undesirable shortcomings by exaggerating desirable behaviors

(... is a kind of defence ) (psychiatry) the classical defense mechanism that protects you from impulses or ideas that would cause anxiety by preventing them from becoming conscious

(defence belongs to category ...) the branch of medicine dealing with the diagnosis and treatment of mental disorders

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