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(Electricity) The opposition of a body or substance to current passing through it, resulting in a change of electrical energy into heat or another form of energy.
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  1. (Electricity) The opposition of a body or substance to current passing through it, resulting in a change of electrical energy into heat or another form of energy.
  2. A force, such as friction, that operates opposite the direction of motion of a body and tends to prevent or slow down the body's motion.
  3. (Medicine) The inability of a cell, tissue, or organ to respond to a certain hormone, drug, or other biologically active substance in a desired way:
Payment made by racketeers to officials or law enforcement to avoid arrest or prosecution.
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  1. Payment made by racketeers to officials or law enforcement to avoid arrest or prosecution.
  2. Something that lowers the risk of pregnancy or infection, especially the use of a condom.
  3. One that protects:
A mechanical device designed to prevent accidents or injury.
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  1. A mechanical device designed to prevent accidents or injury.
  2. Something that provides protection against attack, loss, or injury, as:
  3. A permit or pass allowing safe passage
(Greek Mythology) The goatskin shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena. Athena's shield carried at its center the head of Medusa.
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  1. (Greek Mythology) The goatskin shield or breastplate of Zeus or Athena. Athena's shield carried at its center the head of Medusa.
  2. A protection
  3. Protection:
A preserving or being preserved
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  1. A preserving or being preserved
  2. The act of preserving; care to preserve; act of keeping from destruction, decay or any ill.
Procedures to provide such protection or defense
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  1. Procedures to provide such protection or defense
  2. An organization or department whose task is protection or safety, esp. a private police force hired to patrol or guard a building, park, or other area
  3. Measures adopted, as by a business or homeowner, to prevent a crime such as burglary or assault:
The immediate control, guarding, or keeping of a thing for its care, inspection, preservation, or security.
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  1. The immediate control, guarding, or keeping of a thing for its care, inspection, preservation, or security.
  2. Any significant restraint or control over a person’s freedom to ensure his or her presence at a hearing or trial in a criminal action.
  3. The control and care of a person or property, especially when granted by a court:
A person who protects, keeps watch, or acts as a sentinel:
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  1. A person who protects, keeps watch, or acts as a sentinel:
  2. The act or duty of guarding; careful watch; wariness; defense; protection
  3. Protection; watch:
Any material or structure used for protection against radiation
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  1. Any material or structure used for protection against radiation
  2. A heavy metal screen attached to an artillery piece for the protection of the gunners
  3. A broad piece of armor made of rigid material and strapped to the arm or carried in the hand for protection against hurled or thrusted weapons.
Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes:
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  1. Something immaterial that obstructs or impedes:
  2. (Ecology) A physical or biological factor that limits the migration, interbreeding, or free movement of individuals or populations.
  3. (Horse Racing) The movable gate used to keep the horses in line at the starting point
(Broadcasting) A short ditty or jingle used to separate a show from the advertisements.
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  1. (Broadcasting) A short ditty or jingle used to separate a show from the advertisements.
  2. (Automotive) Parts at the front and back of a vehicle which are meant to absorb the impact of a collision; fender
  3. A usually metal or rubber bar attached to either end of a motor vehicle, such as a truck or car, to absorb impact in a collision.
Any person or thing that serves to lessen shock or prevent sharp impact, as between antagonistic forces
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  1. Any person or thing that serves to lessen shock or prevent sharp impact, as between antagonistic forces
  2. One that buffs, especially a piece of soft leather or cloth used to shine or polish.
  3. (Chemistry) A substance that prevents change in the acidity of a solution when an acid or base is added to the solution or when the solution is diluted. Buffers are used to make solutions of known pH, especially for instrument calibration purposes. Natural buffers also exist in living organisms, where biochemical reactions are very sensitive to changes in pH.
A position or opinion one is prepared to uphold:
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  1. A position or opinion one is prepared to uphold:
  2. A halt made by a touring theatrical company to give a performance; also, the place stopped at
  3. A structure for a person or persons to stand or sit on, or to stand at
(--- Informal) An appearance, usually pretended or assumed, of social standing, wealth, etc.
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  1. (--- Informal) An appearance, usually pretended or assumed, of social standing, wealth, etc.
  2. An apparently respectable person, group, or business used as a cover for secret or illegal activities.
  3. A field of activity:
Support given to a person or cause
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  1. Support given to a person or cause
  2. Support or aid:
  3. Those giving such support
The practice of supporting someone to make their voice heard
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  1. The practice of supporting someone to make their voice heard
  2. The act of pleading or arguing in favor of something, such as a cause, idea, or policy; active support.
  3. Active support for a legal cause by argument and persuasion. Active support for a legal cause by argument and persuasion.
The state of being supported:
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  1. The state of being supported:
  2. The act of supporting:
  3. The provision of money or the necessities of life:
(Law) The act of interfering unlawfully in a suit between others by helping either party, as by giving money, to carry it on
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  1. (Law) The act of interfering unlawfully in a suit between others by helping either party, as by giving money, to carry it on
  2. A maintaining or being maintained; upkeep, support, defense, etc.; specif., the work of keeping a building, machinery, etc. in good repair
  3. Means of support or sustenance; livelihood
Caution practiced in advance; forethought or circumspection:
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  1. Caution practiced in advance; forethought or circumspection:
  2. Care taken beforehand; caution used in advance
  3. An action taken in advance to protect against possible danger, failure, or injury; a safeguard:
A circulating antibody formed by the body, as active immunity, to act against a specific toxin
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  1. A circulating antibody formed by the body, as active immunity, to act against a specific toxin
  2. A sterile solution containing an antitoxin: it is taken from the blood serum of an immunized animal or person and injected into a person to prevent a specific disease, as tetanus or diphtheria, by creating a passive immunity
  3. An animal or human serum containing antitoxins. It is used in medicine to prevent or treat diseases caused by the action of biological toxins, such as tetanus, botulism, and diphtheria.
The putting of bacteria, serum, etc. into soil, a culture medium, etc.
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  1. The putting of bacteria, serum, etc. into soil, a culture medium, etc.
  2. The act or process of inoculating
  3. The introduction of a serum, a vaccine, or an antigenic substance into the body of a person or an animal, especially as a means to produce or boost immunity to a specific disease.
The act of making an excuse.
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  1. The act of making an excuse.
(Uncountable) The state of being disburdened or freed from a charge.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state of being disburdened or freed from a charge.
  2. An act of disburdening, discharging, or freeing morally from a charge or imputation
The interpretation, meaning, or sense given in explaining
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  1. The interpretation, meaning, or sense given in explaining
  2. The act or process of explaining:
  3. A mutual defining of terms, declaration of motives, etc. to clear up a misunderstanding or settle a dispute
Refusal to believe a problem exists
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  1. Refusal to believe a problem exists
  2. (Psychol.) An unconscious thought process whereby one allays anxiety by refusing to acknowledge certain unpleasant facts, feelings, etc.
  3. (Dated, psychology) A defense mechanism involving a refusal to accept the truth of a phenomenon or prospect.
(Law) The defendant's answer to a formal criminal charge:
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  1. (Law) The defendant's answer to a formal criminal charge:
  2. A special answer in an equity action, setting forth in lieu of a detailed response a basis for dismissing, delaying, or barring the suit.
  3. An answer in an equity case telling why a suit should be barred, delayed, or dismissed.
A plea; an entreaty.
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  1. A plea; an entreaty.
  2. (Law) A document filed in a lawsuit, particularly a document initiating litigation or responding to the initiation of litigation.
  3. (Law) A formal statement, usually written, setting forth the cause of action or the defense of a party to a lawsuit.
A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff. A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff.
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  1. A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff. A pleading in common law, made by the defendant to answer a replication by the plaintiff.
  2. An answer to a reply
  3. A quick response that involves disagreement or is witty; especially an answer to a reply.
To respond to a pleading, discovery request, or other judicial process or procedural step. To respond to a pleading, discovery request, or other judicial process or procedural step. To address or counter allegations, account for one’s actions, or otherwise put up a defense. To assume the liability or responsibility for another’s actions. To pay a debt or other liability; to suffer the consequences for one’s actions. A pleading that is a defendant’s principal response to a plaintiff’s complaint. It denies, admits, or otherwise addresses each of the allegations in the complaint. It also usually sets forth the defendant’s affirmative defenses and counterclaims. See also reply.
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  1. To respond to a pleading, discovery request, or other judicial process or procedural step. To respond to a pleading, discovery request, or other judicial process or procedural step. To address or counter allegations, account for one’s actions, or otherwise put up a defense. To assume the liability or responsibility for another’s actions. To pay a debt or other liability; to suffer the consequences for one’s actions. A pleading that is a defendant’s principal response to a plaintiff’s complaint. It denies, admits, or otherwise addresses each of the allegations in the complaint. It also usually sets forth the defendant’s affirmative defenses and counterclaims. See also reply.
  2. Something markedly similar to another of the same class:
  3. An act in response or retaliation:
A word or a series of words spoken or written in reaction, as to a question or request.
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  1. A word or a series of words spoken or written in reaction, as to a question or request.
  2. (Law) A plaintiff's response to the defendant's answer or plea, especially with regard to counterclaims made by the defendant.
  3. An answer, or response, in speech or writing
The act or practice of making such a reply
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  1. The act or practice of making such a reply
  2. A glass laboratory vessel in the shape of a bulb with a long, downward-pointing outlet tube. It is used for distillation or decomposition by heat.
  3. A quick, sharp, or witty reply, esp. one that turns the words of the previous speaker back upon that speaker
(Law) A writ that compels a government entity to perform mandatory or purely ministerial duties correctly.
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  1. (Law) A writ that compels a government entity to perform mandatory or purely ministerial duties correctly.
An explanation offered to avoid blame or justify action; an excuse.
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  1. An explanation offered to avoid blame or justify action; an excuse.
  2. (Law) A form of defense whereby a defendant attempts to prove that he or she was elsewhere when the crime in question was committed.
  3. (Law) The defensive plea or fact that an accused person was elsewhere than at the scene of the crime with which the person is charged
Evidence in support of a fact or assertion; proof.
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  1. Evidence in support of a fact or assertion; proof.
  2. Statements made by competent witnesses, who have been sworn in at a trial or deposition or in an affidavit. Although frequently used synonymously with evidence, the latter is the broader term and encompasses both testimony and physical evidence. Statements made by competent witnesses, who have been sworn in at a trial or deposition or in an affidavit. Although frequently used synonymously with evidence, the latter is the broader term and encompasses both testimony and physical evidence.
  3. All such declarations, spoken or written, offered in a legal case or deliberative hearing.
Something that provides evidence or support for a claim or argument:
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  1. Something that provides evidence or support for a claim or argument:
  2. A fact or circumstance that vindicates, or justifies
  3. Evidence, facts, statements, or arguments that justify a claim or belief.
A plaintiff's pleading in response to a defendant's rejoinder.
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  1. A plaintiff's pleading in response to a defendant's rejoinder.
  2. (Law) A plaintiff's reply to a defendant's rejoinder
  3. (Law):In common law pleading, a plaintiff's answer to the defendant's rejoinder.
(Law) a suit filed by a defendant against a plaintiff secondary to the original complaint.
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  1. (Law) a suit filed by a defendant against a plaintiff secondary to the original complaint.
  2. An opposing claim, esp. one by a defendant against a plaintiff's claim in a lawsuit
  3. A cause of action or claim for relief asserted in opposition to or as a setoff against the plaintiff’s own cause of action or claim for relief and contained in the defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s complaint. See also cross-claim. A cause of action or claim for relief asserted in opposition to or as a setoff against the plaintiff’s own cause of action or claim for relief and contained in the defendant’s answer to the plaintiff’s complaint. See also cross-claim.
(Law) A pleading by a defendant in reply to the evidence put forward by a plaintiff or the prosecution.
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  1. (Law) A pleading by a defendant in reply to the evidence put forward by a plaintiff or the prosecution.
  2. (Politics) A statement, designed to refute or negate specific arguments put forward by opponents.
  3. The act of refuting something by making a contrary argument, or presenting contrary evidence.
The formal oral or written presentation of such reasons intended to convince or persuade.
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  1. The formal oral or written presentation of such reasons intended to convince or persuade.
  2. A set of statements in which one follows logically as a conclusion from the others.
  3. (Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.
The act of asserting
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  1. The act of asserting
  2. Something declared or stated positively, often with no support or attempt at proof.
A container; a receptacle:
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  1. A container; a receptacle:
  2. (Informal) A peculiar or eccentric person; a character.
  3. An instance or occurrence of a particular kind or category:
A plea in defense of or explanation for some action or behavior; apology
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  1. A plea in defense of or explanation for some action or behavior; apology
  2. A defense or justification of an individual’s act or failure to act; a defense in criminal law that an individual’s actions cannot constitute a crime because of coercion, or some other cause that places the actions beyond the individual’s volition or control. A defense or justification of an individual’s act or failure to act; a defense in criminal law that an individual’s actions cannot constitute a crime because of coercion, or some other cause that places the actions beyond the individual’s volition or control.
  3. A pretended reason for conduct; pretext
Something, such as a fact or circumstance, that justifies:
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  1. Something, such as a fact or circumstance, that justifies:
  2. A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions. A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions.
  3. A reason, explanation, or excuse which provides convincing, morally acceptable support for behavior or for a belief or occurrence.
(Archaic) Proof or evidence
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  1. (Archaic) Proof or evidence
  2. (Linguistics) A word, phrase, or clause in a semantic relation with a word or phrase and that helps complete the meaning of that word or phrase, such as a noun phrase that is the object of a verb. The clause that we go is an argument of the verb suggest in the sentence I suggest that we go.
  3. (--- Archaic) A reason or matter for dispute or contention:
Something that gives protection; a safeguard:
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  1. Something that gives protection; a safeguard:
  2. The act or duty of guarding; careful watch; wariness; defense; protection
  3. Protection; watch:
A preserving or being preserved
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  1. A preserving or being preserved
  2. The act of preserving; care to preserve; act of keeping from destruction, decay or any ill.
Something that lowers the risk of pregnancy or infection, especially the use of a condom.
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  1. Something that lowers the risk of pregnancy or infection, especially the use of a condom.
  2. Payment made by racketeers to officials or law enforcement to avoid arrest or prosecution.
  3. One that protects:
A person who rules a kingdom during the minority of a sovereign.
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  1. A person who rules a kingdom during the minority of a sovereign.
  2. One who protects; a guardian.
  3. A device that protects; a guard.
A protective stipulation, as in a contract.
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  1. A protective stipulation, as in a contract.
  2. (--- Now Rare) A convoy or guard
  3. Something that provides protection against attack, loss, or injury, as:
Measures adopted to prevent escape:
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  1. Measures adopted to prevent escape:
  2. Procedures to provide such protection or defense
  3. Protection or defense against escape
A decorative emblem that often serves to identify an organization or a government.
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  1. A decorative emblem that often serves to identify an organization or a government.
  2. A person or thing that provides protection.
  3. A heavy metal screen attached to an artillery piece for the protection of the gunners
A person for whom a guardian has legal responsibility, or one over whose property a guardian has responsibility. Title to legal property remains with the ward, although he or she may not enter into any contracts involving same.
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  1. A person for whom a guardian has legal responsibility, or one over whose property a guardian has responsibility. Title to legal property remains with the ward, although he or she may not enter into any contracts involving same.
  2. Any person under another's protection or care
  3. A means of defense or protection
A formal defense or apology.
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  1. A formal defense or apology.
  2. A formal defense, often written, of a belief, cause, etc.
An apology or formal defense of an idea, religion, etc., esp. such a defense of one's own beliefs or conduct
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  1. An apology or formal defense of an idea, religion, etc., esp. such a defense of one's own beliefs or conduct
  2. A formal defense or justification.
  3. A written defense of a position or belief.
An explanation or excuse:
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  1. An explanation or excuse:
  2. A formal spoken or written defense of some idea, religion, philosophy, etc.
  3. An acknowledgment of some fault, injury, insult, etc., with an expression of regret and a plea for pardon
A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions. A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions.
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  1. A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions. A showing of an appropriate reason for one’s actions.
  2. A reason, explanation, or excuse which provides convincing, morally acceptable support for behavior or for a belief or occurrence.
  3. Something, such as a fact or circumstance, that justifies:
A fact or circumstance that vindicates, or justifies
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  1. A fact or circumstance that vindicates, or justifies
  2. Something that provides evidence or support for a claim or argument:
  3. Evidence, facts, statements, or arguments that justify a claim or belief.
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