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Synonyms for defense
dɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛns

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defense, defence, defensive measure(noun)

    (military) military action or resources protecting a country against potential enemies

    "they died in the defense of Stalingrad"; "they were developed for the defense program"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, prosecution, offense, offence

  2. defense, defence(noun)

    protection from harm

    "sanitation is the best defense against disease"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, prosecution, offense, offence

  3. defense, defence, defending team(noun)

    (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring

    "his teams are always good on defense"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offence, offense, criminal prosecution

  4. defense, defence, vindication(noun)

    the justification for some act or belief

    "he offered a persuasive defense of the theory"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, exoneration, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offense, criminal prosecution, offence

  5. defense mechanism, defense reaction, defence mechanism, defence reaction, defense, defence(noun)

    (psychiatry) an unconscious process that tries to reduce the anxiety associated with instinctive desires

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, prosecution, offense, offence

  6. Department of Defense, Defense Department, United States Department of Defense, Defense, DoD(noun)

    the federal department responsible for safeguarding national security of the United States; created in 1947

    Synonyms:
    defence reaction, refutation, demurrer, denial, defense force, defending team, defensive measure, defence, defence mechanism, vindication, defence force, defense team, defense mechanism, defense reaction, defensive structure, defense lawyers

    Antonyms:
    offence, offense, criminal prosecution, prosecution

  7. defense, defence, defense team, defense lawyers(noun)

    the defendant and his legal advisors collectively

    "the defense called for a mistrial"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    offence, prosecution, offense, criminal prosecution

  8. refutation, defense, defence(noun)

    the speech act of answering an attack on your assertions

    "his refutation of the charges was short and persuasive"; "in defense he said the other man started it"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, falsification, defensive measure, demurrer, defence reaction, disproof, vindication, defense reaction, refutal, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, falsifying, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offense, offence, criminal prosecution

  9. defense, defence, defense force, defence force(noun)

    an organization of defenders that provides resistance against attack

    "he joined the defense against invasion"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    offense, offence, criminal prosecution, prosecution

  10. defensive structure, defense, defence(noun)

    a structure used to defend against attack

    "the artillery battered down the defenses"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    offense, criminal prosecution, prosecution, offence

  11. defense, defence, denial, demurrer(noun)

    a defendant's answer or plea denying the truth of the charges against him

    "he gave evidence for the defense"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, self-abnegation, vindication, defense reaction, disaffirmation, defense lawyers, self-renunciation, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, demurral, abnegation, defence force, demur, self-denial

    Antonyms:
    criminal prosecution, offense, prosecution, offence

  12. defense, defence(noun)

    the act of defending someone or something against attack or injury

    "a good boxer needs a good defense"; "defense against hurricanes is an urgent problem"

    Synonyms:
    defense team, defence mechanism, defensive structure, demurrer, defence reaction, vindication, defense reaction, defense lawyers, defending team, denial, defense mechanism, defense force, refutation, defensive measure, defence, defence force

    Antonyms:
    prosecution, offense, offence, criminal prosecution

Wiktionary

  1. defense(noun)

    Antonyms:
    offense

  2. defense(noun)

    Antonyms:
    offense

  3. defense(noun)

    Antonyms:
    offense

  4. defense(noun)

    Antonyms:
    offense

  5. defense(noun)

    Department of Defense

    Antonyms:
    offense

English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defense

    The weak may speak or act in defense of the strong; none but the powerful can assure others of protection. A defense is ordinarily against actual attack; protection is against possible as well as actual dangers. We speak of defense against an assault, protection from the cold. Vindication is a triumphant defense of character and conduct against charges of error or wrong. Compare APOLOGY.

    Synonyms:
    apology, bulwark, fortress, guard, justification, protection, rampart, resistance, safeguard, shelter, shield, vindication

    Antonyms:
    abandonment, betrayal, capitulation, desertion, flight, surrender

    Preposition:
    Defense against assault or assailants; in law, defense to an action, from the testimony.

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. defense

    Synonyms:
    resistance, protection, vindication, plea, justification, excuse, rampart, bulwark, apology, shelter, guard

    Antonyms:
    abandonment, surrender, betrayal, exposure

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "defense":

    defence, defensive, défense, defending, defend, defenses, defensa, self-defense, military, advocacy

How to pronounce defense?

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Karen
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Veena
Veena
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How to say defense in sign language?

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How to use defense in a sentence?

  1. David Hoose:

    The goal for her is to humanize Tsarnaev, of course, that's a difficult challenge for her when the defendant has by the defense team's own admission committed such a horrific act. Yet, it's certainly not impossible.

  2. Jack Reed:

    This is good news for US taxpayers and underscores the need for strong oversight of the Department of Defense. The American people should not be forced to bear these costs and I am encouraged DOD is taking steps to get full reimbursement.

  3. Thomas Paine:

    The peaceable part of mankind will be continually overrun by the vile and abandoned while they neglect the means of self-defense. The supposed quietude of a good man allures the ruffian; while on the other hand, arms, like laws discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe and preserve order in the world as well as property. The balance of power is the scale of peace. The same balance would be preserved were all the world destitute of arms, for all would be alike; but since some will not, others dare not lay them aside... Horrid mischief would ensue were (the good) deprived of the use of them ... the weak will become a prey to the strong.

  4. Joni Ernst:

    Well, I would love that Senate Republicans would sign National Defense Authorization Act and move forward, but absolutely, we have to have the discussions, we have to do that. And if that's what will help, if we can all get together as stakeholders, then I think National Defense Authorization Act's the right thing to do.

  5. Rex Ryan:

    Fourth in the league was probably a little disappointing, i know we'll lead the league in defense.


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