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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 ?
Bird, seeing the defenceless condition of the enemy's territory, had no more conscience than to push her advantage.
He had never thought that a fugitive might be a hapless mother, a defenceless child,--like that one which was now wearing his lost boy's little well-known cap; and so, as our poor senator was not stone or steel,--as he was a man, and a downright noble-hearted one, too,--he was, as everybody must see, in a sad case for his patriotism.
He emphasised that Indian governments' atrocities, such as mass killings, fake encounters, abductions, forced disappearances, use of prohibited weapons such as pellet guns and cluster munitions against the defenceless Kashmiris have caused incalculable sufferings to the Kashmiri nation and these atrocities come under the ambit of crimes against humanity under all human rights and humanitarian conventions, statutes and United Nations resolutions.
All I am, is a defenceless small cat, But I like to enquire, about this, about that I was left in a shed, but it wasn't for long I was taken to Maureen's, and I grew big and strong I grew up quite fast, it was ever so quick Maureen got me new parents, both incredibly thick They leave uneaten prawns, which could easily go off If I didn't do something, my sister might scoff There'd be weeping and wailing, because she was ill Then more flowing tears, when they saw the vet's bill So I offer to eat them, to help and and assist They say, "Shut up Elsie, shut up and desist."
Scott and John Barrett cornered a defenceless 89-year-old man at a cash machine and stole [pounds sterling]200 he was withdrawing to give away as Christmas presents.
They heard miaowing coming from the bin and discovered the "defenceless" can inside the black and green camouflage rucksack.
A KITTEN killer attacked the defenceless animal leaving it with a fractured skull and a broken jaw.
Dad-of-six William Billingham knifed "trusting and defenceless" Mylee in the chest, jurors were told.
DOORSTEP conmen posed as water and gas company officials to trick their way into the homes of three 'defenceless' elderly people in north Manchester.
She told police she DEFENCELESS Iris remembers being woken up in bed by a man standing over her and being struck in the face multiple times.
ISLAMABAD -- Senate on Tuesday strongly condemned the atrocities committed by Israeli occupied forces against the innocent and defenceless people of Palestine and also rejected the moving of American Embassy to Jerusalem by the United States of America (USA).
ISLAMABAD -- Pakistan condemns the use of force by Israel against defenceless Palestinians resulting in the death of several Palestinians and injuring many others in Gaza.