Definition of defendance in English:

defendance

noun

  • Psychology. In or with reference to the writings of the American psychologist H. A. Murray (1893–1988): a motivational state arising from a need to defend the self from criticism; defensiveness. Now historical.

Origin

Late Middle English (in an earlier sense). Originally from Middle French defendance defence, resistance from defendre + -ance.

Pronunciation

defendance

/dɪˈfɛnd(ə)ns/