Defense

Definition of Defense

De`fense´
n.1.The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
In cases of defense 't is best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems.
- Shak.
2.That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.
War would arise in defense of the right.
- Tennyson.
God, the widow's champion and defense.
- Shak.
3.Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense.
- Acts xxii. 1.
4.(Law) The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action.
5.Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.
A man of great defense.
- Spenser.
By how much defense is better than no skill.
- Shak.
6.Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth.
- Sir W. Temple.
v. t.1.To furnish with defenses; to fortify.
Better manned and more strongly defensed.
- Hales.

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