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defence

noun UK ( US defense)     /dɪˈfens/
[S or U] LAW an argument or explanation which you use to prove that you are not guilty of something: Now he says he's done nothing wrong , and I assume that will be his defence in court . a defense attorney / lawyer
the defence [S] LAW the person or people in a law case who have been accused of doing something illegal , and the lawyer or lawyers who are representing them: He claims that official documents of vital importance to the defence were not available . → Compare prosecution
[C] a method used by a company to avoid having another company take control of it: The chief executive led a vigorous takeover defence. One possible defence strategy is to mount a higher counter-bid for the parent company .
→ See also crown jewels defence, Pacman defence
(Definition of defence noun from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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