Part of speech: noun

The act of defending; anything that defends; a plea in justification; excuse; apology.

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Usage examples "defense":

  1. Meanwhile, defense became necessary. - "The Woman of Mystery", Maurice Leblanc.
  2. Schrank offered no defense. - "The Attempted Assassination of ex-President Theodore Roosevelt", Oliver Remey Henry Cochems Wheeler Bloodgood.
  3. I shot in self- defense. - "Gunman's Reckoning", Max Brand.