defense mechanism

noun
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of defense mechanism

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

First Known Use of defense mechanism

1909


DEFENSE MECHANISM Defined for English Language Learners

defense mechanism

noun

Definition of defense mechanism for English Language Learners

  • : 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


Medical Dictionary

defense mechanism

noun

medical Definition of defense mechanism

1 :an often unconscious mental process (as repression, projection, or sublimation) that makes possible compromise solutions to personal problems
2 :a defensive reaction by an organism

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