defence mechanism

noun

psychoanal a usually unconscious mental process designed to reduce the anxiety, shame, etc, associated with instinctive desires
physiol the protective response of the body against disease organisms

Nearby words

  1. defectively,
  2. defector,
  3. defederalize,
  4. defence,
  5. defence in depth,
  6. defenceless,
  7. defend,
  8. defendant,
  9. defender,
  10. defender of the bond

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