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defence

[dih-fens]
noun, verb (used with object), de·fenced, de·fenc·ing. Chiefly British.
  1. defense.
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Related formsde·fence·a·ble, adjectivede·fence·less, adjectivede·fence·less·ly, adverbde·fence·less·ness, nounpre·de·fence, noun
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defence

US defense

noun
  1. resistance against danger, attack, or harm; protection
  2. a person or thing that provides such resistance
  3. a plea, essay, speech, etc, in support of something; vindication; justification
    1. a country's military measures or resources
    2. (as modifier)defence spending
  4. law a defendant's denial of the truth of the allegations or charge against him
  5. law the defendant and his legal advisers collectivelyCompare prosecution
  6. sport
    1. the action of protecting oneself, one's goal, or one's allotted part of the playing area against an opponent's attacks
    2. the method of doing this
    3. the defencethe players in a team whose function is to do this
  7. American football (usually preceded by the)
    1. the team that does not have possession of the ball
    2. the members of a team that play in such circumstances
  8. psychoanal See defence mechanism
  9. (plural) fortifications
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Derived Formsdefenceless or US defenseless, adjectivedefencelessly or US defenselessly, adverbdefencelessness or US defenselessness, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French, from Late Latin dēfensum, past participle of dēfendere to defend
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