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defence

Legal Definition of defence

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Definition of defence

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Pronunciation

  • (RP) IPA: /dɛˈfɛns/
  • (US) IPA: /ˈdifɛns/
  • Audio (US) [?]
  • Rhymes: -ɛns

Noun

defence (plural defences)

  1. The action of protecting from attack.
  2. Something used to oppose attack.

    * 1592-1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet XII:
    And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
    Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.

  3. An argument in support or justification of something.

    * 1592-1609, William Shakespeare, Sonnet LXXXIX:
    Speak of my lameness, and I straight will halt,
    Against thy reasons making no defence.

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