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defense

noun [C/U] (PROTECTION)   /dɪˈfens/
the ability to protect against attack or harm, or something used to protect against attack or harm: [C] The vaccine strengthens the body’s defenses against infection. A defense is also an argument in support of something, esp. when it has been criticized: [U] Her defense consisted of denying that she knew anything about the missing check. law The defense is the person or people in a court who have been accused of doing something wrong, and their lawyer: [U] The defense rests (= This side has finished giving its argument). defenselessness    /dɪˈfens·ləs·nəs/ noun [U]
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