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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The party said it hoped it would see a new year "without abuse, abandonments, violence and brutality against the innocent and defenceless animals".
"(We will ask for the) suspect to be handed the maximum punishment for the charges due to her using the opportunity to repeatedly attack the young and defenceless victim."
It called for allocating secure areas and corridors to allow defenceless civilians to flee the fighting and seek shelter, urging all refugee relief organisations to assume their humanitarian responsibilities and mobilise their efforts to provide accommodation, as well as basic services, such as water, food and first-aid, for potential refugees.
With The Defenceless, this masterful storyteller has brewed up a savory tale of crime and police methodology that, seasoned with friendship, compassion, and hope, satisfies on all levels.
"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.
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.
COWARDLY thugs battered a defenceless 81-year-old widow to the floor yesterday before ransacking her home.
Police yesterday described the raider as a "coward" for targeting the defenceless residents who live in bungalows in Moston Green, Shrewsbury.
The defenceless victim, who has cerebral palsy, was brutally attacked on her way home from shopping on Tuesday afternoon.
Maulana Fazlur Rehman condemned the Indian atrocities on the innocent and defenceless people of Indian Occupied Kashmir.