(redirected from Defense mechanisms)
Also found in: Dictionary, Thesaurus, Medical, Encyclopedia.


The forcible repulsion of an unlawful and violent attack, such as the defense of one's person, property, or country in time of war.

The totality of the facts, law, and contentions presented by the party against whom a civil action or ciminal prosecution is instituted in order to defeat or diminish the plaintiff's Cause of Action or the prosecutor's case. A reply to the claims of the other party, which asserts reasons why the claims should be disallowed. The defense may involve an absolute denial of the other party's factual allegations or may entail an Affirmative Defense, which sets forth completely new factual allegations. Pursuant to the rules of federal Civil Procedure, numerous defenses may be asserted by motion as well as by answer, while other defenses must be pleaded affirmatively.

A frivolous defense is one that entails a vacuous assertion, which is not supported by argument or evidence. The rules of federal procedure provide that on motion such defense may be ordered stricken from the pleadings.

A meritorious defense is one that involves the essence or substance of the case, as distinguished from technical objections or delaying tactics.

With respect to a criminal charge, defenses such as alibi, consent, duress, Entrapment, ignorance or mistake, infancy, insanity, intoxication, and Self-Defense can result in a party's acquittal.


n. 1) a general term for the effort of an attorney representing a defendant during trial and in pre-trial maneuvers to defeat the party suing or the prosecution in a criminal case. 2) a response to a complaint, called an affirmative defense, to counter, defeat, or remove all or a part of the contentions of the plaintiff. (See: affirmative defense)


noun confutation, counterargument, justification, parry, preservation, protection, rebuttal, resistance against attack, support, warding off
Associated concepts: affirmative defense, alibi defense, annicipating a defense, assist in his own defense, coercion as a defense, complete defense, defense of a third person, deeense of action, defense of estoppel, defense of insanity, defense on the merits, defensive pleading, equitable deeense, frivolous defense, ground of defense, incomplete defense, inconsistent defenses, legal defenses, meritorious defense, motion to strike defense, negative defense, new defense, partial defense, personal defense, self-defense, sham defense, special defense
Foreign phrases: Peccatum peccato addit qui culpae quam facit patrocinium defensionis adjungit.He adds one offense to another who connects a wrong which he has committed with his defense. Vani timoris justa excusatio non est. A frivolous fear is not a lawful excuse. Nemo prohibetur pluribus defensionibus uti. No one is prohibited from making use of several defenses. Impotentia excusat legem. Performing a legal duty excuses from the performance. Quodcunque aliquis ob tutelam corporis sui fecerit, jure id fecisse videtur. Whatever any one does in defense of his person, that he is deemed to have done legally. Vim vi reeellere licit. modo fiat moderamine inculpatae tutelae, non ad sumendam vindictam, sed ad propulsandam innuriam. It is lawful to repel force by force, provided it be done with the moderation of blameless defense, not for the purpose of taking revenge, but to repel injury.
See also: advocacy, alibi, ammunition, answer, argument, assistance, basis, behalf, bulwark, compurgation, counterargument, excuse, explanation, justification, panoply, plea, pleading, preservation, pretext, protection, reason, rejoinder, safeguard, safekeeping, safety, salvo, security, shelter, shield, support, ward
References in periodicals archive ?
Freud coined the concept of defense mechanisms in 1926 for the first time (Freud, 1905/1953) and his daughter Anna Freud improved the concept later on.
Defense mechanisms have been researched since the beginning of formal psychology by writers such as Freud (Koocher, Norcross, & Hill, 1998; Levit, 1993; Vaillant, Bond, & Vaillant, 1986).
The ability of Whites to benefit from cross-racial experiences encountered at lower levels of racial identity, whereby they are able to move to more advanced levels of racial identity, may be inhibited by psychological defense mechanisms erected to protect the ego from the threat (anxiety) of confronting one's own racism.
The unconscious mind chimes in with ego defense mechanisms, which allow the ego to deal with the anxiety and respond to the stress.
Magic words come from three commonly used defense mechanisms - rationalization, projection, and minimization.
However, the faster growth comes in exchange of defense mechanisms.
mucosal protection against a pathogen); and stem cell protection and chemokine/cytokine and angiogenic agent defense mechanisms.
Only one study was located that focused on the relationship between traditionally-defined, psychodynamic defense mechanisms and adaptation to coronary disease.
The joke is that Johnny has just spent his seven years in prison studying to become a psychotherapist (he describes himself as ``the only working psychopathic psychotherapist in all of psychopathology'') and now sees everything in terms of denial, defense mechanisms and deeply buried emotions.
It is important for us to recognize 12 common defense mechanisms, [2] because most of them damage interpersonal relationships:
She covers characteristics of gendertrolling, responses to gendertrolling campaigns, fighting back, gendertrolling: not about the Internet, the power of naming, cultural defense mechanisms as backlash, cultural defense mechanisms at work, and recommendations for change.

Full browser ?