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EtymologyEdit

From French défense, itself from Late Latin dēfensa (protection).

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NounEdit

defense (countable and uncountable, plural defenses) (American)

  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, military) Government policy or (infra)structure related to the military.
    Department of Defense
  5. (obsolete) A prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
    • Sir W. Temple
      Severe defenses [] against wearing any linen under a certain breadth.

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ParticipleEdit

dēfense

  1. vocative masculine singular of dēfensus

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VerbEdit

defense

  1. First-person singular (yo) present subjunctive form of defensar.
  2. Formal second-person singular (usted) present subjunctive form of defensar.
  3. Third-person singular (él, ella, also used with usted?) present subjunctive form of defensar.
  4. Formal second-person singular (usted) imperative form of defensar.