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defence

noun (EXPLANATION) UK (US defense)     /dɪˈfens/
[S or U] an argument or explanation that you use to prove that you are not guilty of something: The judge remarked that ignorance was not a valid defence. All I can say, in defence of my actions, is that I had little choice.Court cases, orders and decisions the things said in court to prove that a person did not commit a crime: She said that she didn't want a lawyer and was going to conduct her own defence.Court cases, orders and decisions the defence C2 the person or people in a law case who have been accused of doing something illegal, and their lawyer(s): a witness for the defence a defence lawyerLawyers and legal officialsPeople appearing in court
(Definition of defence noun (EXPLANATION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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