[ dih-fens ]
/ dɪˈfɛns /
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noun, verb (used with object), de·fenced, de·fenc·ing.
British. variant of defense.
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OTHER WORDS FROM defence
de·fence·a·ble, adjectivede·fence·less, adjectivede·fence·less·ly, adverbde·fence·less·ness, noun
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How to use defence in a sentence
The “find and operate” missions that followed were directed at the most vulnerable and defenceless individuals in the country.Hold Onto Your Penis|David Frum, Justin Green|November 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
I suppose you think it's brave to come back from the front and threaten a defenceless man with a revolver?First Plays|A. A. Milne
Should Gorton turn up he is just the one to frighten a defenceless woman, and purchase his own silence.Elster's Folly|Mrs. Henry Wood
There was nothing to stay us three armed men in this place, with but three against us, and they well-nigh defenceless.A Prince of Cornwall|Charles W. Whistler
Now is my time, thought I; he will be defenceless, and will fall an easy prey to me; and I prepared my roomal for work.Confessions of a Thug|Philip Meadows Taylor
Yet I cannot fly out alone—a poor defenceless song-bird, amongst all the crows and hawks.God Wills It!|William Stearns Davis
British Dictionary definitions for defence
/ (dɪˈfɛns) /
resistance against danger, attack, or harm; protection
a person or thing that provides such resistance
a plea, essay, speech, etc, in support of something; vindication; justification
- a country's military measures or resources
- (as modifier)defence spending
law a defendant's denial of the truth of the allegations or charge against him
law the defendant and his legal advisers collectivelyCompare prosecution
- the action of protecting oneself, one's goal, or one's allotted part of the playing area against an opponent's attacks
- the method of doing this
- the defence the players in a team whose function is to do this
American football (usually preceded by the)
- the team that does not have possession of the ball
- the members of a team that play in such circumstances
psychoanal See defence mechanism
Derived forms of defencedefenceless 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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