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defense mechanism

noun

Simple Definition of defense mechanism

  • : a process in the brain that makes you forget or ignore painful or disturbing thoughts, situations, etc.

  • : a reaction in your body that protects against disease or danger

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of defense mechanism

  1. 1 :  an often unconscious mental process (as repression) that makes possible compromise solutions to personal problems

  2. 2 :  a defensive reaction by an organism

Examples of defense mechanism in a sentence

  1. She is projecting her anger on you as a defense mechanism.

  2. the cell's normal defense mechanisms against infection



1913

First Known Use of defense mechanism

1913


Medical Dictionary

defense mechanism

noun

Medical Definition of defense mechanism

  1. 1:  an often unconscious mental process (as repression, projection, or sublimation) that makes possible compromise solutions to personal problems

  2. 2:  a defensive reaction by an organism




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