Definition of defence :
1. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.
2. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
3. Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
4. See Defense.
5. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.
6. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
7. The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action.
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- For I will show you both telegrams," cried Miss Marlett, now on her defence; and rising, she left the room. - "The Mark Of Cain", Andrew Lang.
- It was in self- defence I struck at last. - "Not Pretty, But Precious", John Hay, et al..
- A few, however, thought that he had been murdered, and had shot the two men in self- defence. - "Hudson Bay", R.M. Ballantyne.