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Synonyms for defense
dɪˈfɛns or, esp. for 7,9 , ˈdi fɛnsde·fense

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Wiktionary

  1. defensenoun

    Antonyms:
    offense

  2. defensenoun

    Antonyms:
    offense

  3. defensenoun

    Antonyms:
    offense

  4. defensenoun

    Antonyms:
    offense

  5. defensenoun

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. defense, defence, defensive measurenoun

    (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, defencenoun

    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 teamnoun

    (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, vindicationnoun

    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, defencenoun

    (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, DoDnoun

    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 lawyersnoun

    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, defencenoun

    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 forcenoun

    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, defencenoun

    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, demurrernoun

    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, defencenoun

    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

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How to use defense in a sentence?

  1. Jessa Duggar:

    I do want to speak up in his defense against people who are calling him a child molester or a pedophile or a rapist, some people are saying. I'm like that is so overboard and a lie really, I mean people get mad at me for saying that but I can say this because I was one of the victims.

  2. Tony Buzbee:

    Deshaun Watson's only defense is to call these brave women liars, i have faith that the court process will sort out the truth as these matters progress.

  3. Marlon Jackson:

    Wade was the most adamant person when it came to 2005 and the trial. He was their first defense witness. He was the star witness. He was adamant that nothing ever happened.

  4. Mike Pompeo:

    As Beijing moves forward with passing the national security law, State Mike Pompeo will today end exports of US-origin defense equipment and will take steps toward imposing the same restrictions on State Mike Pompeo defense and dual-use technologies to Hong KongRights as it does for China, state Mike Pompeo is forced to take this action to protect State Mike Pompeo national security. We can no longer distinguish between the export of controlled items to Hong KongRights or to mainland China.

  5. Oshkosh Corp:

    Following the U.S. Army's debrief to Oshkosh regarding the results of the evaluation, we are more confident than ever that the Department of Defense's decision to award the JLTV contract to Oshkosh will be upheld.

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