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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
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In his later work, Edward Schillebeeckx wrote of the defencelessness and vulnerability of God in the cross of Jesus.
Beauty, purity, and defencelessness in the image of the "Other" are inconceivably yet convincingly matched by military valour and courage.
The most painful and embarrassing feeling that Freedom lives with is his constant awareness of his defencelessness, his incapacitation to confront the forces behind the ghastly demands of everyday life.
But there is also defencelessness in her nakedness, as if she has suddenly stepped out of the shower in her bath towel, and the harsh texture of her hermit's garb and the way her exaggerated frown disfigures her brow brings us back to reality with a stern warning against the sins of the flesh.
The film score enhances the monstrous reality of the daily lives of the citizens and their defencelessness by using the sounds of sirens, ambulances and explosions.
The real lesson here is how not to replace autarky with defencelessness, or self-reliance with dependency.
In this instance, the narrator's feelings of vulnerability while traveling on an uncertain road in an unreliable vehicle with untrustworthy fellow passengers are conflated with, yet paradoxically help to illuminate, her skepticism and sense of defencelessness as a citizen in a newly postimperial nation.