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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Together with the text by Cisneros, Leslie Marmon Silko's short story 'Lullaby' could also be used to analyse the impotence and defencelessness of Native Americans that cannot read or write, nor use English to express their opinions or to challenge what is being imposed on them.
An uncritical understanding of Heidegger's notion of authenticity has detrimental consequences in the practice of existential psychotherapy, especially if emphasis on being goes hand in hand with a denigration of becoming, if tacit adulation of perfection (when dogmatically apprehended in the individual sphere as homeostasis, mental health, normality, integration, fully functioning state and so on) implies vilification of imperfection (defencelessness, openness, instability, or, in Genet's words, the wound), which in turns perpetrates estrangement and alienation.
Before his eyes, the woman becomes visible in her situation of extreme necessity, of defencelessness in a patriarchal society.
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".(63) He also observes that in seeking a new beginning, confession of guilt should properly be considered "a confession of hope".64 This element is conspicuous in the text of the Stuttgart Declaration itself; and its openness to being led by the Holy Spirit is shown by the prayer with which it concludes: "Veni Creator Spiritus!".
She has few defences and her pitiful defencelessness has its roots in her sad homelife.
This defencelessness makes the use of children in adult horror fiction specially problematic.
I hope this new law will nip the problem in the bud and prevent other women going through the same ordeal." The defencelessness of women was exposed last month when Dennis Chambers, 37, was acquitted of causing grievous bodily harm to Margaret Bent, 30.