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dēfensĭo , ōnis, f. defendo, no. II.,
I.a defending, defence.
B. Concr., a written defence, speech: “defensionem Demosthenes legit,Plin. 7, 30, 31, § 110.—
II. As jurid. t. t.
a. The legal maintenance of a right: “libertatis,Cod. Just. 1, 7, 18.—
b. (Acc. to defendo, no. II. B. 2.) Legal prosecution, punishment of a crime: “mortis,Dig. 29, 5, 1, § 25.
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