Defence vs Response - What's the difference?

defence | response |

As nouns the difference between defence and response

is that defence is the action of defending, of protecting from attack, danger or injury while response is (senseid)an answer or reply, or something in the nature of an answer or reply.

As a verb defence

is (obsolete|transitive) to furnish with defences; to fortify.



Alternative forms

* defense (US )


(en noun)
  • The action of defending, of protecting from attack, danger or injury.
  • * Shakespeare
  • In cases of defence 'tis best to weigh / The enemy more mighty than he seems.
  • Something used to oppose attack(s).
  • * 1592—1609 , , Sonnet XII:
  • And nothing 'gainst Time's scythe can make defence
    Save breed, to brave him when he takes thee hence.
  • An argument in support or justification of something.
  • * 1592—1609 , , Sonnet LXXXIX:
  • Speak of my lameness, and I straight will halt,
    Against thy reasons making no defence .
  • A strategy and tactics employed to prevent the other team from scoring; contrasted with offence.
  • The portion of a team dedicated to preventing the other team from scoring; contrasted with offence.
  • Government policy or (infra)structure related to the military.
  • Department of Defence
  • Prohibition; a prohibitory ordinance.
  • * Sir W. Temple
  • Severe defences against wearing any linen under a certain breadth.


    * See


    * offence (Commonwealth), offense (US)

    Derived terms

    * antidefence, antidefense * ecodefence, ecodefense * Nuremberg defence, Nuremberg defense * defensive * defensiveness


  • (obsolete) To furnish with defences; to fortify.
  • * Hales:
  • Better manned and more strongly defenced .




    (en noun)
  • (senseid)An answer or reply, or something in the nature of an answer or reply.
  • (senseid)The act of responding or replying; reply: as, to speak in response to a question.
  • An oracular answer.
  • (liturgics ) A verse, sentence, phrase, or word said or sung by the choir or congregation in sequence or reply to the priest or officiant.
  • (liturgics ) A versicle or anthem said or sung during or after a lection; a respond or responsory.
  • A reply to an objection in formal disputation.
  • An online advertising performance metric representing one click-through from an online ad to its destination URL.
  • A reaction to a stimulus or provocation.
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    * 1338 , , Middle English Chronicle *: What was his respons written, I ne sauh no herd. * 1842 , , The Two Voices *: Then did my response clearer fall:
    "No compound of this earthly ball
    Is like another, all in all." * 1874 , , Sensation and Intuition , p. 17. *: There seems a vast psychological interval between an emotional response to the action of some grateful stimulus and the highly complex intellectual and emotional development implied in a distinct appreciation of objective beauty.

    Derived terms

    * consultary response


    * reaction


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