Defence vs. Defense - What's the difference?

Wiktionary

  • Defence (noun)

    The action of defending, of protecting from attack, danger or injury.

  • Defence (noun)

    Something used to oppose attacks.

  • Defence (noun)

    An argument in support or justification of something.

  • Defence (noun)

    A scoring; contrasted with offence.

  • Defence (noun)

    The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offence.

  • Defence (noun)

    Government policy or (infra)structure related to the military.

    "Department of Defence"

  • Defence (noun)

    Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.

  • Defence (verb)

    To furnish with defences; to fortify.

  • Defense (noun)

    The action of defending or protecting from attack, danger, or injury.

  • Defense (noun)

    Anything employed to oppose attack(s).

  • Defense (noun)

    A scoring; contrasted with offense.

  • Defense (noun)

    An argument in support or justification of something.

  • Defense (noun)

    Government policy or (infra)structure related to the military.

    "Department of Defense"

  • Defense (noun)

    A prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.

Webster Dictionary

  • Defence (noun)

    See Defense.

  • Defense (noun)

    The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.

  • Defense (noun)

    That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.

  • Defense (noun)

    Protecting plea; vindication; justification.

  • Defense (noun)

    The defendant's answer or plea; an opposing or denial of the truth or validity of the plaintiff's or prosecutor's case; the method of proceeding adopted by the defendant to protect himself against the plaintiff's action.

  • Defense (noun)

    Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.

  • Defense (noun)

    Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.

  • Defense

    To furnish with defenses; to fortify.

Princeton's WordNet

  • Defence (noun)

    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

  • Defence (noun)

    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring;

    "his teams are always good on defense"

  • Defence (noun)

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively;

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

  • Defence (noun)

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack;

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

  • Defence (noun)

    the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions;

    "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"

    "in defense he said the other man started it"

  • Defence (noun)

    the justification for some act or belief;

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

  • Defence (noun)

    a structure used for defense;

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

  • Defence (noun)

    a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him;

    "he gave evidence for the defense"

  • Defence (noun)

    military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies;

    "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"

    "they were developed for the defense program"

  • Defence (noun)

    protection from harm;

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

  • Defense (noun)

    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring;

    "his teams are always good on defense"

  • Defense (noun)

    military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies;

    "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"

    "they were developed for the defense program"

  • Defense (noun)

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively;

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

  • Defense (noun)

    protection from harm;

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

  • Defense (noun)

    a structure used for defense;

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

  • Defense (noun)

    the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions;

    "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"

    "in defense he said the other man started it"

  • Defense (noun)

    the justification for some act or belief;

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

  • Defense (noun)

    a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him;

    "he gave evidence for the defense"

  • Defense (noun)

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack;

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

  • Defense (noun)

    the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the UnitedStates; created in 1947

  • Defense (noun)

    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

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