defence

[ dih-fens ]
/ dɪˈfɛns /
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noun, verb (used with object), de·fenced, de·fenc·ing. Chiefly British.


Nearby words

  1. defective virus,
  2. defective year,
  3. defectively,
  4. defector,
  5. defederalize,
  6. defence in depth,
  7. defence mechanism,
  8. defenceless,
  9. defend,
  10. defendant

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British Dictionary definitions for defence

defence

US defense

/ (dɪˈfɛns) /

noun

Derived Formsdefenceless or US defenseless, adjectivedefencelessly or US defenselessly, adverbdefencelessness or US defenselessness, noun

Word Origin for defence

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

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Word Origin and History for defence

defence

see defense.

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