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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rage first happened and carried on the of his their feels and They left their victim with life-changing injuries and attacked his defenceless dog Det Con Simon Cropper
On this occasion it was a defenceless animal, but it could easily have been a small child that was injured.
And defenceless is exactly what at-risk children are.
Detective Inspector Steve Wade said: "This was a cowardly attack on a frail and defenceless old woman.
He said the burglar would have known the residents were elderly and probably assumed they would be easy and defenceless targets.
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.
Norma Laxton Hudson To the thugs that did this to this defenceless rabbit, hope the image haunts you.
Whoever did this needs some help, Cookie is just a defenceless cat.
Evil Walsh, 45, grabbed the 2ft wooden cross and savagely beat the 81-year-old defenceless grandmother with such force she broke the bronze figure of Christ.
To read about the yob kicking a defenceless sheep, yobs kicking and torturing cygnets and the yob kicking a defenceless swan.
PEOPLE like Nicola Collinson, 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 through their love of animals.