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“Defense” or “Defence”


Defense and defence are both English terms.


Defense is predominantly used in 🇺🇸 American (US) English (en-US) while defence is predominantly used in 🇬🇧 British English (used in UK/AU/NZ) (en-GB).

In terms of actual appearance and usage, here's a breakdown by country, with usage level out of 100 (if available) 👇:

Term US UK India Philippines Canada Australia Liberia Ireland New Zealand Jamaica Trinidad & Tobago Guyana
defense 94 27 15 90 66 21 71 32 33 49 54 39
defence 6 73 85 10 34 79 29 68 67 51 46 61

  • In the United States, there is a preference for "defense" over "defence" (94 to 6).
  • In the United Kingdom, there is a 73 to 27 preference for "defence" over "defense".
  • In India, there is a 85 to 15 preference for "defence" over "defense".
  • In the Philippines, there is a preference for "defense" over "defence" (90 to 10).
  • In Canada, there is a preference for "defense" over "defence" (66 to 34).
  • In Australia, there is a 79 to 21 preference for "defence" over "defense".
  • In Liberia, there is a preference for "defense" over "defence" (71 to 29).
  • In Ireland, there is a 68 to 32 preference for "defence" over "defense".
  • In New Zealand, there is a 67 to 33 preference for "defence" over "defense".
  • In Jamaica, there is a 51 to 49 preference for "defence" over "defense".
  • In Trinidad & Tobago, there is a preference for "defense" over "defence" (54 to 46).
  • In Guyana, there is a 61 to 39 preference for "defence" over "defense".

Below, we provide some examples of when to use defense or defence with sample sentences.


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Examples in Context

Examples of “defense”

  • U.S. national security policy and defense strategy.
  • Air Force aircraft join Israel Defense Forces tanks in bombarding the
  • The Maritime Self Defense Force Officer Candidate School
  • served as deputy minister of defense (兵部侍郎, Bingbu Shilang), and also
  • Warfare: Implications for Army and Defense Policy, Stephen Biddle and Jeffrey
  • mm guns to bolster their defense of the city.
  • 1 episode "Abrams For The Defense" as Hector Lincoln, a husband
  • Prior to his continental title defense against Bois, Mikhalkin tested positive
  • List of defense lines
  • clearly humanitarian aims, the necessity defense was not applicable to his

Examples of “defence”

  • Dialogue and the proactive defence of workers' demands in the
  • bars, and blamed the Ulster Defence Association (UDA) for orchestrating it.
  • Minister of Defence (Norway)
  • He fought against Oudinot in defence of Berlin, and in the
  • The Defence Staff was in 1994 amalgamated
  • Bailey, Leading Fireman, Ministry of Defence.
  • Defence View Graveyard, Clifton Cantonment
  • Section 2(5) creates a defence of "innocent dissemination"; if the
  • 1970) general of the Estonian Defence Forces
  • Campbell, Canada's minister of national defence and (eventually successful) candidate for

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