(psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
the justification for some act or belief
the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
(sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury
protection from harm
(military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
a structure used to defend against attack
The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.
Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
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.
Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.