1. (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires (synset 113480525)
  2. (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring (synset 108098280)
    "his teams are always good on defense"
  3. The defendant and his legal advisors collectively (synset 108081359)
    "the defense called for a mistrial"
  4. An organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack (synset 108080966)
    "he joined the defense against invasion"
  5. The speech act of answering an attack on your assertions (synset 107215473)
    "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it"
  6. The justification for some act or belief (synset 106753339)
    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"
  7. A structure used to defend against attack (synset 103176022)
    "the artillery battered down the defenses"
  8. A defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him (synset 101201240)
    "he gave evidence for the defense"
  9. (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies (synset 100956422)
    "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"
  10. Protection from harm (synset 100825411)
    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"
  11. The act of defending someone or something against attack or injury (synset 100825193)
    "a good boxer needs a good defense"; "defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem"

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