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English definition of “defence mechanism”

defence mechanism

noun [C] uk UK (US defense mechanism)   us  
an automatic way of behaving or thinking by which you protect yourself from something, especially from feeling unpleasant emotions: Arrogance is often a defence mechanism.
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