defensative

de*fen"sa*tive

(?), n. [L. defensare, defensatum, to defend diligently, intens. of defendere. See Defend.] That which serves to protect or defend.

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De*fence"

} (?), n. [F. dfense, OF. defense, fem., defens, masc., fr. L. defensa (cf. LL. defensum), from defendere. See Defend, and cf. Fence.] 1. The act of defending, or the state of being defended; protection, as from violence or danger.
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In cases of defense 't is best to weigh
The enemy more mighty than he seems.
Shak.
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2. That which defends or protects; anything employed to oppose attack, ward off violence or danger, or maintain security; a guard; a protection.
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War would arise in defense of the right.
Tennyson.
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God, the widow's champion and defense.
Shak.
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3. Protecting plea; vindication; justification.
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Men, brethren, and fathers, hear ye my defense.
Acts xxii. 1.
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4. (Law) 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.
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5. Act or skill in making defense; defensive plan or policy; practice in self defense, as in fencing, boxing, etc.
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A man of great defense.
Spenser.
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By how much defense is better than no skill.
Shak.
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6. Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance. [Obs.]
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Severe defenses . . . against wearing any linen under a certain breadth.
Sir W. Temple.
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