They put up a good defense, but the city ultimately fell to the invaders.
They mounted a good defense.
The city's defenses were not strong enough to keep out the invaders.
We need to improve our defenses.
the nation's air and ground defenses
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During both of his federal and state criminal proceedings, Chauvin's defense attorney asked he be sentenced to a federal prison in or near Minnesota to be closer to his family.—Esme Murphy, CBS News, 1 Dec. 2023 Before the case went to the jury, Mike’s defense attorneys argued there wasn’t substantial evidence to support the charge — a claim the judge agreed with.—Tim Stelloh, NBC News, 1 Dec. 2023 In defense of Love Actually director Richard Curtis, Keane wrote the song before the then-unknown band even released their debut album, 2004’s Hopes and Fears.—Daniel Kreps, Rolling Stone, 1 Dec. 2023 Smith Diaz is a criminal defense attorney who runs a firm in the city’s downtown area.—Emily Alvarenga, San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 Nov. 2023 Maintain regular testing and monitoring practices to ensure your defenses evolve, keeping your systems robust and secure.—Justin Rende, Forbes, 29 Nov. 2023 Afterward, defense lawyers criticized the public statements the Biden administration made blaming meat companies for high grocery-store prices.—H. Claire Brown, New York Times, 29 Nov. 2023 The nursing student drew a straight line between donations to Tester’s campaign by defense industry lobbyists and Tester’s opposition to a cease-fire.—Matthew Brown, Fortune, 20 Nov. 2023 Hill pleaded not guilty and took the stand in his own defense.—Deena Zaru, ABC News, 20 Nov. 2023
Roquan Smith and Jadeveon Clowney are the leaders on defense, as Smith has a team-high 126 tackles and 6 passes defensed, while Clowney has 7.5 sacks and 7 tackles for loss.—Steve Silverman, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 In addition to Uche’s fumble recovery, Jack Jones, Jabrill Peppers, and Myles Bryant all had passes defensed in the early going, and Rodney Randle, Jr. had an impressive pass breakup on a deep ball in the third quarter.—Christopher Price, BostonGlobe.com, 23 Aug. 2023 Gardner played all 17 games last season, recording two interceptions and a league-high 20 passes defensed en route to winning Defensive Rookie of the Year honors.—Nicole Yang, BostonGlobe.com, 7 Sep. 2023 Dansby Swanson The Cubs defense up the middle from second baseman Nico Hoerner and Swanson continues to play a big role in the team’s success.—Meghan Montemurro, Chicago Tribune, 2 Sep. 2023 For his career, Darby has 373 tackles, eight interceptions and 90 passes defensed in 89 games, all but one of them starts.—Brian Wacker, Baltimore Sun, 17 Aug. 2023 Major League Baseball has made the games faster, the bases bigger and defense a little bit harder.—David Brandt, oregonlive, 9 July 2023 The New York Jets cornerback made everything look easy in his first year in the NFL, routinely locking down opponents and leading the league with 20 passes defensed.—Michael Middlehurst-Schwartz, USA TODAY, 5 July 2023 Stats: 44 total tackles (36 solo) and three passes defensed in 14 games (five starts).—Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, 8 Mar. 2023 See More
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Middle English defense, defence, borrowed from Anglo-French defens, defense, defence, borrowed from Medieval Latin dēfensa, dēfensum (Late Latin dēfensa "vengeance"), nominal derivatives from feminine and neuter of Latin dēfensus, past participle of dēfendere "to ward off, defend"
: a defense that does not deny the truth of the allegations against the defendant but gives some other reason (as insanity, assumption of risk, or expiration of the statute of limitations) why the defendant cannot be held liable
The defendant bears the burden of proof as to affirmative defenses.
—choice of evils defense
: a defense to a criminal charge based on the assertion that the criminal act was committed to avoid the commission of an even greater evil
called alsolesser evils defense
In jurisdictions that recognize the choice of evils defense, it encompasses both of the older defenses of duress and necessity.
: a defense that shields the defendant from any liability and bars any recovery by the plaintiff compare partial defense in this entry
—lesser evils defense
: choice of evils defense in this entry
: a defense that is based on evidence sufficient to warrant setting aside a default judgment against the defendant in civil litigation
: a defense by which the defendant reduces the amount of damages of which he or she is liable compare complete defense in this entry
: a basis upon which an obligor of a negotiable instrument may avoid liability under the instrument
: a defense of an obligor under a negotiable instrument that can be asserted against anyone but a holder in due course
: a defense of an obligor of a negotiable instrument that may be asserted even against a holder in due course
Section 3-305(a)(1) of the Uniform Commercial Code sets out the real defenses as infancy, duress, lack of legal capacity, illegality of the transaction, fraud in the factum, and discharge of the obligor by a bankruptcy court. By exclusion, all other defenses are personal defenses.