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defence

noun [C or U] (PROTECTION) UK (US defense)     /dɪˈfens/
A2 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. → See also self-defenceBacking, supporting and defendingDefending and protecting
(Definition of defence noun (PROTECTION) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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