• Pronunciation of defence: D IH0 F EH1 N S (dɪ'fɛns)

  • Number of syllables of defence: 2

  • Pronunciation Video of defence

  • Definition of defence

    • (n): protection from harm; "sanitation is the best defense against disease"  
    • (n): military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies; "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"  
    • (n): a defendant''s answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him; "he gave evidence for the defense"  
    • (n): a structure used for defense; "the artillery battered down the defenses"  
    • (n): the justification for some act or belief; "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"  
    • (n): 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"  
    • (n): an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack; "he joined the defense against invasion"  
    • (n): the defendant and his legal advisors collectively; "the defense called for a mistrial"  
    • (n): (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"  
    • (n): (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires  
  • Examples of defence

    • The Defence Minister is the head of the Ministry of Defence.  
    • The court ruled in favour of the defence.  
    • It's the classic, the dog ate my homework defence.  
    • Cortisol excretion during the defence reaction in humans.  
    • The defence requested to suspend the trial.  
    • The battalion notably fought in the defence of Madrid.  
    • The defence of the case was successful.  
    • He also christened the defence as the St.George.  
    • Their defence, however, though desperate, was unavailing.  
    • The barracks burned and the Nationalist defence crumbled.  

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