01. The father was seriously injured trying to [defend] his son from a vicious dog.
02. I [defended] myself with a knife.
03. She [defended] herself successfully in court, and was found innocent of the charges against her.
04. The whale was [defenseless] against the hunters.
05. The [defendant] pleaded not guilty to the charge of murder.
06. In his [defense] of his client, the lawyer tried to convince the jury that the accused was terrorized by her husband into participating in the crime.
07. I once heard that over 25% of the American budget is spent on [defense].
08. Her behavior in this situation is totally [indefensible]. I think she should be fired immediately.
09. It is said that a [defendant] who acts as his own lawyer has a fool for a client.
10. There is a Hebrew proverb which observes that admission by the [defendant] is worth a hundred witnesses.
11. Someone once said that honesty is the best policy, but insanity is a better [defense].
12. The philosopher Voltaire once said, "I disapprove of what you say, but will [defend] to the death your right to say it."
13. If you try to offer any suggestions to Petra at work, she gets really [defensive], and won't listen.
14. Regular exercise is your best [defense] against fatigue.
15. The U.S. and Canada share the longest [undefended] border in the world.
16. The United States is the only Western power that supplies Taiwan with [defensive] weapons.
17. A mother rhinoceros uses her horn to [defend] her young.
18. Some people think it is never [defensible] to take another human life in any circumstance.
19. His lawyer [defended] him, saying he was at home asleep at the time the bank was being robbed.

Grammatical examples in English. 2013.


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