defense

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From the French défense, itself from Latin defensa, "protection".

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defense (plural defenses) (US)

  1. The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.
  2. Anything employed to oppose attack(s).
    1. (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
    2. (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offense.
  3. An argument in support or justification of something.
  4. Government policy or structure related to the military.
    It was the Department of Defense.

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dēfense

  1. vocative masculine singular of dēfensus