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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Before his eyes, the woman becomes visible in her situation of extreme necessity, of defencelessness in a patriarchal society.
Rape, the ultimate expression of feminine defencelessness, becomes an effective political tool to signify the perils of abusive power or the breaking of social and patriarchal order.
This man you call "uncle" has used your illegal status and defencelessness to manipulate you for his own advantage.
Asmussen spoke of "foolishness in Christ", while Moltmann has described how the defencelessness and vulnerability arising from the admission of guilt may show the way to a new freedom from alineation and "new comradeship with the victims -- readiness for reconciliation".
This defencelessness makes the use of children in adult horror fiction specially problematic.
She has few defences and her pitiful defencelessness has its roots in her sad homelife.
The defencelessness of women was exposed last month when Dennis Chambers, 37, was acquitted of causing grievous bodily harm to Margaret Bent, 30.