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TO DEFEND. To forbid. This word is used in some old English statutes in the sense it has in French, namely, to forbid. 5 Pic. 2, c. Lord Coke uses the word in this sense: it is defended by law to distrain on the highway." Co Litt. 160, b. 161 a. In an old work entitled, Legends, printed by Winkin de Worde, in 1527, fo. 96, we find examples of the use of the word in this sense, "He defended," (forbade) "to pay the wage," (tribute,) "for he said he was a king." "She wrote the obligation when she put her hand to the tree against the defence." (prohibition of God.)
     2. In pleading, to defend is to deny; and the effect of the word "defends" is, that the defendant denies the right of the plaintiff, or the force and wrong charged. Steph. Pl. 432.
     3. In contracts, to defend is to guaranty; to agree to indemnify. In most conveyances of land the grantor covenants to warrant and defend. It is his duty, then, to prevent all persons against whom he defends, from doing any act which would evict him; when there is a mortgage upon the land, and the mortgagee demands possession or payment of the covenantee, and threatens suit, this is a breach of the covenant to defend, and for quiet enjoyment. 17 Mass. R. 586.

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Overall, the US national security space enterprise is transitioning from defensive, resilient architectures to a more defendable enterprise - where the US is willing to fight in space to defend its assets.
"US and Iran are not necessarily obliged to reach a final deal by July 20 but can reach an agreement which can be defendable inside their countries and will prevent imposing further sanctions on Iran by US Congress," Baum claimed.
Skipper Peter Borren and Tom Cooper batted brilliantly and helped the team post a defendable total.
We wouldn't be appealing if we weren't extremely confident we have a defendable case."
There was evidence of lenders retreating to defendable market positions, he said.
Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers knows his team is not yet good enough to totally dominate an entire match so he is trying to control proceedings by starting frenetically in a bid to take a defendable lead.
"It looked like we were going to struggle to make a defendable total.
"Bayern Munich are an interesting club, Germany is an interesting league, well managed so it is defendable what he has done.
After skipper Sammy struck an unbeaten 60 to cobble together a defendable 211 for nine, he combined with Roach to decimate the hosts' top order inside six overs.
After skipper Sammy struck an unbeaten 60 to cobble together a defendable 211 for nine he combined with Roach to decimate the hosts' top order inside six overs.
Ireland won the toss and chose to bat failed to post a defendable total with wickets falling at regular intervals.