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To begin your search, go to the alphabetical index below and click on the first letter of the word you are searching for.

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.