Defence

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Forensic psychology See Character Defence, Denim Defense, Insanity Defence
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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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With more than $50 billion in proposed defense cuts over the nest five years, members of America's military-industrial complex have good reason to worry.
However, understanding the defenses against the penalty is not a cure-all.
In December, the Missile Defense Agency placed its eighth interceptor missile into an underground silo at Fort Greely, Alaska.
The first digit of the overall defensive call delineates the full court defense, while a second digit indicates the half-court defense.
In his statement to NATO defense ministers last June, Secretary Rumsfeld listed terrorism first among the new threats facing the Alliance.
I was given the off-season conditioning program and I immediately began to instill my philosophy and personality on the defense and the team.
Bush outlined his agenda for the defense of the United States in a speech at the Citadel military academy.
We maintain the tempo to tire out the defense, especially the big defensive linemen.
WASHINGTON -- A robust, fully operational missile defense system is on its way to becoming a reality, the director of the Missile Defense Agency said here yesterday.
The first digit of the actual defensive call identifies the full-court defense, while the second digit targets the half-court defense.
I'd like to offer comments on four major players whose actions really matter to our defense industrial base and hence our nation's future security.
In an October 28th op-ed piece for the New York Times, ex-Soviet dictator Mikhail Gorbachev wrote that, in light of the shocking breaches of American security on September 11th, the United States might begin making a priority out of unilateral national defense. "It would be a cause of great concern," he fretted, "if major nuclear powers abandoned or neglected multilateral forums, or took steps that would endanger the entire structure of arms control treaties, many of which, such as the 1972 ABM Treaty, are of as much value today as they were during the decades of nuclear confrontation."