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defence mechanism

Noun1.defence mechanism - (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires
compensation, conversion, defence, defence reaction, defense, defense mechanism, defense reaction, denial, displacement, idealisation, idealization, intellectualisation, intellectualization, isolation, process, projection, psychiatry, psychoanalytic process, psychological medicine, psychopathology, rationalisation, rationalization, reaction formation, regression, repression, unconscious process
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Defectible
Defection
Defectionist
Defectious
Defective
defective pleading
defectively
defectiveness
defector
Defectuosity
Defectuous
Defedation
defeminise
defeminize
Defence
defence force
-- defence mechanism --
defence policy
defence program
defence reaction
defence system
defenceless
defencelessly
defencelessness
Defend
Defendable
Defendant
Defendant in error
Defendee
Defender
Defender of the Faith
defending
defending team
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