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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.

A Law Dictionary, Adapted to the Constitution and Laws of the United States. By John Bouvier. Published 1856.
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"We defended well against Arsenal, but the goal happened when everybody was in the box - nothing to do with defending."
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PTI leader Andleeb Abbas has sent a letter to personal secretary of PM seeking reply from him within 21 days in respect of the questions raised by her on alleged use of foreign ministry for defending Sharif family.
However, defending the move, AAP leader Ashish Khetan also took to twitter and in a series of tweets slammed the finance ministe.
One of the most common findings in studies examining defending behavior is that girls appear to be more likely to defend than boys (Goossens, Olthof, & Dekker, 2006; Menesini et al., 2003; Rigby & Johnson, 2006; Salmivalli et al., 1996; Salmivalli et al., 1998; Salmivalli, Kaukiainen, Kaistaniemi, & Lagerspetz, 1999; Salmivalli, Kaukiainen, & Voeten, 2005; Salmivalli & Voeten, 2004; Sutton & Smith, 1999).
with the national party by initially defending the state ban on same-sex
Therefore, the insurers have the burden of defending Illinois Tool and raising the affirmative defense that the company was not in the business of manufacturing or distributing welding products before 1993 to prove that the company should not be liable for any injuries.
I've noted this before in the past: What AKP defenders are defending is not actually the AKP, but their own identities.
When an insurer reserves its rights while defending, warning that there may be no coverage for indemnity, a potential conflict of interest may arise as to the attorney retained by the insurer to defend the insured and that attorney's ability to impact insurance coverage, to the potential detriment of the insured.
You're going to be practicing a whole lot more than you will be defending yourself--or so we hope.