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defencenoun

UK (US defense) uk   /dɪˈfens/  us   /dɪˈfens/
  • defence noun (PROTECTION)

A2 [C or U] protection or support against attack, criticism, or infection: The rebels' only form of defence against the soldiers' guns was sticks and stones. The war has ended but government spending on defence (= the country's armed forces) is still increasing. When Helen criticized me, Chris came/rushed to my defence (= quickly supported me). The book is a closely argued defence of (= something that supports) the economic theory of Keynes. The towers were once an important part of the city's defences. A good diet helps build the body's natural defences.
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  • defence noun (EXPLANATION)

[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.
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.
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 lawyer
  • defence noun (SPORT)

B1 [S or U] in some sports, the part of a team that tries to prevent the other team from scoring goals or points: a strong defence I play in defence.
(Definition of defence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"defence" in Business English

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defencenoun

UK ( US defense) uk   us   /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.
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[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.
(Definition of defence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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