Defence

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Forensic psychology See Character Defence, Denim Defense, Insanity Defence
Immunology A mechanism by which an organism protects itself from foreign antigens and pathogens
Malpractice Any legal argument offered by a defendant that would either preclude or mitigate recovery of damages for a wrong allegedly committed by the defendant
Microbiology See Antibiotic resistance
Psychology A mechanism by which a person minimises harm to his/her psyche or by which one controls anxiety

de·fense

(dĕ-fens')
1. The psychological mechanisms used to control anxiety, e.g., rationalization, projection.
2. Any protective posture, drug, or device.
Synonym(s): defence.
[L. defendo, to ward off]

de·fense

(dĕ-fens')
1. The psychological mechanisms used to control anxiety.
2. Any protective posture, drug, or device.
Synonym(s): defence.
[L. defendo, to ward off]
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They are "unable to work" according to Department of Work & Pension but yet they're fit enough to torture and kill a defenceless animal?
Judge Mrs Justice Nicola Davies DBE said: "This was a frenzied attack on a defenceless man.
It is an act of horror and rank cowardice to attack defenceless children while they learn.
Belfast Recorder David McFarland said: "It is beyond comprehension that any human being could act in such a manner towards any defenceless creature which was posing no threat to him.
Iran strongly condemns the savage crimes of the Zionist regime against the innocent and defenceless Palestinian people in Gaza," the foreign ministry said in a statement carried by the official Irna news agency.
He did so by stealing a van, and using it as a weapon to knock her off her bicycle as she rode home late one night; then turning the van around and deliberately running over her body as she lay defenceless in the road, effectively leaving her for dead.
Anyone capable of such a crime is seriously lacking in compassion and is certainly not fit to look after a defenceless animal.
It's sickening that a low-life such as Forse could mug a defenceless elderly gentleman for a paltry pounds 50.
PEOPLE like Nicola Collinson, pictured, who have no conscience when it comes to inflicting pain on innocent defenceless animals, should be made, under supervision, to work in an animal shelter for at least six months and witness first-hand how dedicated volunteers work free of charge daily because of their love of animals.
This Sacrament is the Christ-given avenue to a happy eternity, and to refuse it to an innocent and defenceless infant is child abuse.
Neighbourhood inspector Steve Robson said: "This was a terrible act of cruelty on a defenceless animal and officers are trying to find out who is responsible.
A civilised society is judged on how it looks after those who can't look after themselves: the sick, the frail, and the defenceless.