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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


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.


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.


Broader (hypernym)protection

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