- the denial or pleading of the defendant in answer to the claim or charge that has been made.
- the proceedings adopted by a defendant or the defendant's legal agents, for defending against the charges that have been made.
- a defendant and their counsel.
- the practice or art of shielding oneself or one's goal from attack, as in fencing, boxing, soccer, or football.
- the team attempting to thwart the attack of the team having the ball or puck.
- the players of a team who line up in their own defensive zone.
- the positions on the field, ice, etc., taken by such players.
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Through nine games of the 2020 season, the Colts defense has allowed the fewest yards of any defense in the NFL, just the kind of Ravens-esque unit he surely hoped to build.The Indianapolis Colts Finally Built A Defensive Monster|Ty Schalter|November 19, 2020|FiveThirtyEight
One thing the National Landing area has going for it is a significant investment in digital infrastructure because of the long-term existence of government and defense offices in the area.Amazon update: Second headquarters development and the area’s housing market|Michele Lerner|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
He doesn’t have a defense circle because everyone around him is out for themselves.All the president’s ‘Guys’|Ben Terris|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
Mangroves are also less effective in densely populated areas, and here, says Dasgupta, embankments should be built and maintained scrupulously as a second line of defense.Asia’s biggest climate migration|Konstantin Kakaes|November 19, 2020|MIT Technology Review
The club’s 19,000-volume library holds books on military science, foreign policy, defense and espionage.Things are shipshape at the Army and Navy Club on Farragut Square in D.C.|John Kelly|November 18, 2020|Washington Post
I understand why you were so moved that you left your secure, comfortable lives to defend the defenseless in a far off land.An Ex-Radical's Open Letter to ISIS Fighters: Quit Now While You Can!|Maajid Nawaz|September 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
This toxic assault accelerates aging and stimulates decline in body chemicals, leaving our immune systems defenseless.Suzanne Somers Responds To Critics, Says She Has A Thick Skin|Brandy Zadrozny|October 30, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Heinous acts, especially when perpetrated on defenseless minors, elicit equally heinous responses even in sane minds.The Revenge of Donna’s Diner|Mansfield Frazier|May 11, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Here was one war he could win: a war against defenseless civilians.Rethink Everything You Think You Know About World War II|David Frum|February 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Was this deliberate strategy, to attack children who were even more defenseless than the average child?Alex Gibney’s ‘Mea Maxima Culpa’: Sex, Lies, and the Catholic Church|Michael Moynihan|February 4, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Here they were, ten days' march from the coast, unarmed, and quite defenseless against a lion.In Africa|John T. McCutcheon
If I spoke, who would believe me; who would heed the words of a defenseless girl whom he would at once declare to be hysterical?The Czar's Spy|William Le Queux
When Charlie joins the army, we will be defenseless, indeed.A Confederate Girl's Diary|Sarah Margan Dawson
If he had only shot the man when he had stood there a fair mark, defenseless!The Secret Witness|George Gibbs
What chance has a defenseless human creature against these powers of darkness?Commentary on the Epistle to the Galatians|Martin Luther