defence

[ dih-fens ]
/ dɪˈfɛns /

noun, verb (used with object), de·fenced, de·fenc·ing. Chiefly British.

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British Dictionary definitions for defenceless

defence

US defense

/ (dɪˈfɛns) /

noun

Derived Forms

defenceless 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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