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  1. [noun] (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
    Synonyms: defence, defending team

  2. [noun] military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
    Synonyms: defence, defensive measure

  3. [noun] the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the defense called for a mistrial"
    Synonyms: defence, team, lawyers

  4. [noun] protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease"
    Synonyms: defence

  5. [noun] a structure used for defense; "the artillery battered down the defenses"
    Synonyms: defensive structure, defence

  6. [noun] the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions; "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it"
    Synonyms: refutation, defence

  7. [noun] the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
    Synonyms: defence, vindication

  8. [noun] a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"
    Synonyms: defence, denial, demurrer

  9. [noun] an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"
    Synonyms: defence, force, defence force

  10. [noun] the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the UnitedStates; created in 1947
    Synonyms: Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoD

  11. [noun] (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
    Synonyms: mechanism, reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defence


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