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defence

(US), defense
1. Law a defendant's denial of the truth of the allegations or charge against him
2. Law the defendant and his legal advisers collectively
3. American football
a. the team that does not have possession of the ball
b. the members of a team that play in such circumstances
4. Psychoanal See defence mechanism
References in classic literature ?
The perpetual menacings of danger oblige the government to be always prepared to repel it; its armies must be numerous enough for instant defense.
The power of levying and borrowing money, being the sinew of that which is to be exerted in the national defense, is properly thrown into the same class with it.
It has been urged and echoed, that the power "to lay and collect taxes, duties, imposts, and excises, to pay the debts, and provide for the common defense and general welfare of the United States," amounts to an unlimited commission to exercise every power which may be alleged to be necessary for the common defense or general welfare.
The terms of article eighth are still more identical: "All charges of war and all other expenses that shall be incurred for the common defense or general welfare, and allowed by the United States in Congress, shall be defrayed out of a common treasury," etc.
Athos, pale as a ghost, repeated these words to the man, who, seeing the bodeful preparations that were making, put himself in an attitude of defense.
They proved to be the four brave fellows who had made such desperate defense from the cabin.
For Thou art the defense, the succor, and the victory of them that put their trust in Thee, and to Thee be all glory, to Father, Son, and Holy Ghost, now and forever, world without end.
The floor was covered by the bodies of those who already had given up their lives in her defense.
I can only plead, in defense, that the story offers the faithful reflection of a very happy time in my past life.
To him the police were always actuated by malignant impulses and the rest of the world was composed, for the most part, of despicable creatures who were all trying to take advantage of him and with whom, in defense, he was obliged to quarrel on all possible occasions.
Counsel for the defense appears not to have demurred and the case was tried on its merits.
And, again, the chief lawyers for the prosecution and the defense, following the Judge's example, had revised their speeches for and against the prisoner.