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Definition of "defence" []

  • Chiefly British Variant of defense. (noun)
  • Resistance against danger, attack, or harm; protection (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A person or thing that provides such resistance (noun)
  • A plea, essay, speech, etc, in support of something; vindication; justification (noun)
  • A country's military measures or resources (noun)
  • (as modifier) (noun)
  • A defendant's denial of the truth of the allegations or charge against him or her (noun)
  • The defendant and his or her legal advisers collectively (noun)
  • The action of protecting oneself, one's goal, or one's allotted part of the playing area against an opponent's attacks (noun)
  • The method of doing this (noun)
  • The team that does not have possession of the ball (noun)
  • The members of a team that play in such circumstances (noun)
  • Fortifications (noun)

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Use "defence" in a sentence
  • "Opposition parties on Monday urged Defence Minister Joe Modise to furnish Parliament with the full reasons for defence secretary"
  • "Defence Minister Joe Modise was not yet in control of the affairs of the Department of Defence, defence secretary Pierre"
  • "Defence Minister Ronnie Kasrils together with the secretary of defence and the defence force chief would ensure that corporate decisions and guidelines were implemented."