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In Roman Catholic colleges: a formal oral defence before an audience of a thesis or proposition. Compare "defence""viva" Now historical and rare.
Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). From (i) Anglo-Norman defensioun, defencion, difencion, Anglo-Norman and Middle French defension defence, protection, instrument of defence.
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