defense mechanism

noun
|Updated on: 26 Jun 2018

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

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First Known Use of defense mechanism

1909

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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DEFENSE MECHANISM Defined for English Language Learners

defense mechanism

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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