something that provides such resistanceThe land was flat, giving no scope for defence.
Innocence is no protection from the evils in our society.
There were barren wastes of field with no trees and no cover.
He could not remain long in a place of security.
The heater should have a safety guard fitted.
the hut where they were given food and shelter
They took refuge in a bomb shelter.
A system like ours lacks adequate safeguards for civil liberties.
immunity to airborne bacteria
a country's military resourcesTwenty-eight per cent of the national budget is spent on defence.
an argument or piece of writing in support of something that has been criticized or questioneda spirited defence of the government's economic progress
There's a strong argument for lowering the price.
The president has given no explanation for his behaviour.
There is no excuse for what he did.
Evidence is being invoked in support of pleas of diminished responsibility.
We received a letter of apology.
I knew there was no justification for what I was doing.
He called the success a vindication of his party's economic policy.
He was afraid his work might be seen as an apologia for tyranny.
the exoneration of an athlete who inadvertently took a banned drug
a defendant's denial of the truth of a chargeHis defence was that records were fabricated by the police.
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in the sense of alibi
an excuseHe had a good alibi for his absence.
in the sense of apologia
a formal written defence of a causeHe was afraid his work might be seen as an apologia for tyranny.
Video: pronunciation of 'defence'
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Life on the edge