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English noun: defence

1. defence (process) (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires


Synonymsdefence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction


Broader (hypernym)process, psychoanalytic process, unconscious process


Narrower (hyponym)compensation, conversion, denial, displacement, idealisation, idealization, intellectualisation, intellectualization, isolation, projection, rationalisation, rationalization, reaction formation, regression, repression


Domain categorypsychiatry, psychological medicine, psychopathology

2. defence (group) (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring


SamplesHis teams are always good on defense.


Synonymsdefending team, defense


Broader (hypernym)squad, team


Domain categoryathletics, sport


Antonymsoffence, offense

3. defence (group) the defendant and his legal advisors collectively


SamplesThe defense called for a mistrial.


Synonymsdefense, defense lawyers, defense team


Broader (hypernym)accumulation, aggregation, assemblage, collection


Antonymsprosecution

4. defence (group) an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack


SamplesHe joined the defense against invasion.


Synonymsdefence force, defense, defense force


Broader (hypernym)organisation, organization


Narrower (hyponym)bastion

5. defence (communication) the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions


SamplesHis refutation of the charges was short and persuasive.
In defense he said the other man started it.


Synonymsdefense, refutation


Broader (hypernym)answer


Narrower (hyponym)confutation, rebuttal

6. defence (communication) the justification for some act or belief


SamplesHe offered a persuasive defense of the theory.


Synonymsdefense, vindication


Broader (hypernym)justification


Narrower (hyponym)alibi, alibi, apologia, apology, exculpation, excuse, self-justification

7. defence (artifact) a structure used to defend against attack


SamplesThe artillery battered down the defenses.


Synonymsdefense, defensive structure


Broader (hypernym)construction, structure


Narrower (hyponym)cheval-de-frise, chevaux-de-frise, fastness, fort, fortification, fortress, line of defence, line of defense, munition, outwork, stronghold

8. defence (act) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him


SamplesHe gave evidence for the defense.


Synonymsdefense, demurrer, denial


Broader (hypernym)due process, due process of law


Narrower (hyponym)entrapment


Part meronymtrial


Domain categoryjurisprudence, law


Antonymscriminal prosecution, prosecution

9. defence (act) (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies


SamplesThey died in the defense of Stalingrad.
They were developed for the defense program.


Synonymsdefense, defensive measure


Broader (hypernym)action, military action


Narrower (hyponym)air defense, biodefence, biodefense, biological defence, biological defense, biological warfare defence, biological warfare defense, BW defence, BW defense, chemical defence, chemical defense, deliberate defence, deliberate defense, hasty defence, hasty defense, minelaying, mining, stand, umbrella


Domain categoryarmed forces, armed services, military, military machine, war machine

10. defence (act) protection from harm


SamplesSanitation is the best defense against disease.


Synonymsdefense


Broader (hypernym)protection

11. defence (act) the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury


SamplesA good boxer needs a good defense.
Defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem.


Synonymsdefense


Broader (hypernym)protection









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