defence vs defense : Common Errors in English

About defence vs defense

If you are writing for a British publication, use “defence,” but the American “defense” has the advantages of greater antiquity, similarity to the words from which it was derived, and consistency with words like “defensible.” The pronunciation used in sports which accents the first syllable (“DEE-fense”) should not be used whendiscussing military, legal, or other sorts of defense.People in sports use “defense” as a verb meaning “defend against,” as in “the team couldn’t defense that strategy.” Outside of sports talk, “defense” is never a verb.See also .

defence Meaning(s)

  • (n) (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
  • (n) (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
  • (n) the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
  • (n) an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
  • (n) the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
  • (n) the justification for some act or belief
  • (n) a structure used to defend against attack
  • (n) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
  • (n) (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
  • (n) protection from harm
  • (n) the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

defense Meaning(s)

  • (n) (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies
  • (n) protection from harm
  • (n) (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring
  • (n) the justification for some act or belief
  • (n) (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
  • (n) the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947
  • (n) the defendant and his legal advisors collectively
  • (n) the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions
  • (n) an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack
  • (n) a structure used to defend against attack
  • (n) a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him
  • (n) the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

defence in News

  1. Pakistan raises annual defence budget by 10 percent

    Islamabad (AFP) June 12, 2013 Pakistan's new government announced Wednesday a 10 percent increase in defence spending a week after taking office, despite a crippling budget deficit of 8.8 percent. The budget for fiscal year 2013-14, which begins July 1, comes against a backdrop of weak economic growth, high inflation, dwindling foreign exchange reserves and unprecedented power cuts. But the new ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Space War

  2. Niger security forces repel attack on police: defence minister

    NIAMEY (Reuters) - Niger's security forces repelled an overnight assault by gunmen on a military police academy in the capital Niamey, the defence minister said on Wednesday, an attack likely to heighten concerns over the Islamist threat in the West African nation. The attack on the academy in Niamey's northern Koirategui suburb followed a June 1 assault on a prison in the capital, during which ...
    on June 13, 2013 Source: Reuters via Yahoo! News

  3. Defence IQ Announce Their Updated Counter IED Market Report 2013

    LONDON, June 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Defence IQ announce their updated Counter IED Market Report 2013 is now available to download from their Resource Centre: http://www.counteriedevent.com/redForms.aspx?eventid=6569&id=389080&FormID=11&frmType=AdditionalContent&m=5589&FrmBypass=False&mLoc=F&SponsorOpt=False ...
    on June 11, 2013 Source: PR Newswire via Yahoo! Finance

defense in News

  1. Defense in child abuse trial set to begin Thursday

    The defense in the child abuse trial of a former Moulton officer could begin presenting its case Thursday.
    on June 13, 2013 Source: WAFF 48 News Huntsville

  2. Defense Contractors Indispensable to the U.S. Military

    Defense Contractors Indispensable to the U.S. Military        
    on June 12, 2013 Source: The Motley Fool

  3. Defense hints at no trial in Ohio kidnap-rape case

    CLEVELAND (AP) — The defense for a man accused of holding three women captive in his Cleveland home for about a decade is hinting a trial can be avoided with a plea if he escapes the death penalty.
    on June 12, 2013 Source: Associated Press via Yahoo! News

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