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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DEFENSE

If Robert possessed his acknowledgment he would have no defense to make.

Peace can be contributed to by respect for our ability in defense.

We must acquire proficiency in defense and display stamina in purpose.

There was no especial change in the girl's voice as she answered his defense.

The Inspector seized on the one flaw left him for defense against her indictment.

He realized that his conduct was too flagrant to admit of defense, so he attempted none.

What could be said in the accused man's defense, or in her own?

Every time Peter came into the equation her heart arose in his defense.

The attack of the castle and the defense of it were equally fierce, bloody, and desperate.

Dick was convinced that the defense of Vicksburg was drawing to a like close.

WORD ORIGIN

c.1300, "forbidding, prohibition," also "action of guarding or protecting," from Old French defense, from Latin defensus, past participle of defendere "ward off, protect" (see defend). But it also arrived (without the final -e) from Old French defens, from Latin defensum "thing protected or forbidden," neuter past participle of defendere.

Defens was assimilated into defense, but not before it inspired the alternative spelling defence, via the same tendency that produced hence (hennis), pence (penies), dunce (Duns). First used 1935 as a euphemism for "national military resources." Defense mechanism in psychology is from 1913.

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