• WordNet 3.6
    • n defensiveness excessive sensitivity to criticism "his defensiveness was manifested in hurt silence","the fear of being sued for malpractice has magnified physicians' defensiveness"
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  • Sir William Blackstone
    Sir William Blackstone
    “The Royal Navy of England hath ever been its greatest defense and ornament; it is its ancient and natural strength; the floating bulwark of the island.”
  • Sir Philip Sidney
    “Commonly they must use their feet for defense whose only weapon is their tongue.”
  • Vince Lombardi
    “People who work together will win, whether it be against complex football defenses, or the problems of modern society.”
  • E. V. Lucas
    E. V. Lucas
    “There can be no defense like elaborate courtesy.”
  • Joseph Addison
    “Their is no defense against criticism except obscurity.”
  • John Dryden
    “Self-defense is Nature's eldest law.”


In literature:

The great mass of people in any community must and will act for self-defense.
"Crime: Its Cause and Treatment" by Clarence Darrow
The defense was gallant, but as no garrisons can exist without water, Colonel Mulligan was forced to capitulate.
"Camp-Fire and Cotton-Field" by Thomas W. Knox
But one trouble with us is that we rarely fight a defensive battle.
"Who Goes There?" by Blackwood Ketcham Benson
It was eminently defensible.
"Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War" by G. F. R. Henderson
The memorable defense of Demosthenes against the attack of Aeschines was delivered in 330 B.C.
"Library of the World's Best Literature, Ancient and Modern, Vol. 1"
See what it is to have defensive arms.
"The Forty-Five Guardsmen" by Alexandre Dumas
And yet Mr. Shaw pictures for us an injured-innocent, mild-gazelle Germany on the defensive!
"New York Times, Current History, Vol 1, Issue 1" by Various
The artillery has been doing ugly work, but that is all in favor of the defensive.
"The Last Shot" by Frederick Palmer
In all things she was defensive.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
The lines of Manila have been newly drawn, making it easier of defense.
"The Philippine Islands, 1493-1898" by E. H. Blair

In poetry:

Yet should an alien eye discern
His presence in the woodland,
How little has he left to learn
Of self-defense! My good land!
"Parable For A Certain Virgin" by Dorothy Parker
Udder'd cows are standing—pensive,
Not belonging to that ilk;
How shall horn, or tail defensive,
Keep the water from their milk?
"Lita of the Nile" by Richard Doddridge Blackmore
They bravely fought! And is that all
That truth can say in their defense?
They drank the very dregs of gall,
And bore a world of insolence.
"The Triumph Of Liberty" by James Madison Bell
I draw a picture of the slave
Who meekly bowed 'neath stinging blows
And raised no hand in swift defense,
To kill, to threaten, or oppose.
"Honour's Appeal To Justice" by Olivia Ward Bush-Banks
Yet peeping thence in fond alarm,
Most trembling for her guardian's life,
She looks, expecting that his arm
Would brandish his defensive knife.
"The Stag" by William Hayley
And now that duty calls thee hence,
Once more to cross the briny wave,
Once more to stand in our defense,
Amidst the holy, loved and brave;
Go, and may his presence be thy stay,
Whom maddening waves and winds obey.
"A Holy Messenger" by James Madison Bell

In news:

The rise of 3-4 defenses in the Pac-12 has made it more challenging to rank defensive tackles-- or interior defensive linemen -- in the conference.
The ESPN NFL draft experts just posted an interesting take on college defensive tackles who could become defensive ends in a 3-4 scheme in the pros.
A top Russian defense official today signaled growing frustration with the US, which has refused to provide legal guarantees that a planned missile-defense shield is not directed at Moscow.
Defense Department officials want to give Federally Funded Research and Development Centers access to government research and development work for up to five years, bypassing market competition, according to a new defense bill.
Seahawks defensive coordinator Gus Bradley said his defensive unit has been focusing this week on improving on third down situations in practice after his team's struggles against Detroit.
When you ask defensive coaches about the contribution senior defensive lineman Romney Fuga has made to the program, they get thoughtful and heap on the praise.
One setback for the defense came after prosecutors questioned defense witness Rick Schutte, Galleon 's former president for US operations, about $25 million Mr Rajaratnam invested before the trial in Mr Schutte's hedge fund.
United States Department of Defense (
US Department of Defense Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Public Affairs) News Release.
Bay City man fired gunshots at Baytown Family Neighborhood in self-defense A pair of attorneys are adamant a 22-year-old man only fired a gun in Baytown Family Neighborhood in self-defense .
The 2010 Jim Thorpe Award preseason "watch list" announced today includes 35 of the nation's best defensive backs as the leading candidates for this year's trophy, including New Mexico State's senior defensive back Davon House.
The Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association has named Trine defensive end Louis Danesi and placekicker Tyler Keck its Defensive and Special Teams Players of the Week in football for games played through September 29.
Stanford defensive line coach Randy Hart was today named the 2012 FootballScoop Defensive Line Coach of the Year presented by ProGrass.
"We know Alex first and foremost as one of the cornerstones to our Fearsome Foursome defensive line of the 1960s and also as one of the greatest defensive linemen to ever play in the NFL," Lewand said.
What's good for the prosecution should be good for the defense when it comes to modifying a prison sentence already being served, according to defense lawyer Randi Bianco.

In science:

SF network with the random defense, and uncorrelated SF network with the degreebased defense, in which nodes are vaccinated in the descending order of the degree.
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
When vaccines are relatively efficient, the SF network with the degree-based defense is more robust than the other two cases.
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
When analyzing the effects of defense strategies (Sec. 3.2), we denote by Ti the probability that susceptible node i is infected by an infected neighbor.
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
In the random defense, N f randomly selected nodes are vaccinated.
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies
In the degree-based defense, N f nodes with the largest degrees are vaccinated.
Robustness of networks against propagating attacks under vaccination strategies