defence

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Singular
defence

Plural
defences

  1. (uncountable) Defence is the process of protecting.
    The secretary of defence met with the president at the White House.
    Airplanes attacked the Ministry of Defence in Tehran.
    Clinton's lawyers will lay out his defence next week.
    Police officers can only shoot in self defence or to protect another person's life.
    When he was accused, his friends and even some people who have never met him rushed to his defence.
  2. (uncountable), (law) In a court case, the defence is the person who was accused of a crime together with their lawyer.
    His defence lawyers say that Honecker did not shoot the gun.
  3. (countable & uncountable), (sports) The defence is the players who are supposed to stop the other team from scoring points.
    I wasn't very satisfied with the play of our offense, but our defence played great.

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