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defence, defense, defensive

In Canada, the preferred spelling is defence and not defense.

  • The Minister of National Defence is responsible for the Canadian Forces.
  • It would be hard to imagine anyone better on defence than Bobby Orr.

Defensive, however, is always spelled with an s.

  • Managers use various defensive strategies to ward off company takeovers.