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
She is projecting her anger on you as a defense mechanism.
the cell's normal defense mechanisms against infection
First Known Use of defense mechanism
DEFENSE MECHANISM Defined for English Language Learners
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 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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