What is the opposite of attack?

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Noun
Opposite of an aggressive and violent physical act against a person or object
“Wearing sunglasses is the best defense against the sun's ultraviolet rays.”
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Opposite of a military strike or incursion
“They made their retreat when the local tribes began to show some aggression.”
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(defense) Opposite of an instance of fierce public criticism or opposition
“His defense was that he was only trying to protect himself and his family.”
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(commendation) Opposite of an instance of fierce public criticism or opposition
“I needed to supply a good reference to the recruiter as a commendation of my work ethic.”
Noun
Opposite of a sudden short bout of an illness or stress
“Probiotics can be used to provide defense against illnesses.”
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(usually of a disease or condition) Opposite of the act of being adversely affected
“Teresa may be getting on with age, but she still seems to be in good health.”
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Opposite of a strike with a part of the body or an instrument
“To avoid conflict, give them a wave with your hand and walk away.”
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Opposite of the state of being reprobated
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A fierce or destructive attack
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(somewhat rare) Opposite of a sudden outburst of emotion
“The medication gave her brief relief from her nagging cough, but within twenty-four hours, it had returned.”
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Opposite of a prolonged armed struggle
“Countries in this region have lived in peace with each other for decades.”
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Opposite of an intensive or sudden military attack
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Opposite of a sudden attack of illness, especially a stroke or an epileptic fit
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Opposite of a forceful attack or effort
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Opposite of a sudden or brief outbreak or burst of something
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Opposite of a sudden or irregular incursion in border warfare
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Opposite of a sudden burst of intense emotion
“Her favorite character is Data, an android who, for all his emotionlessness, has a great curiosity about being human.”
Verb
Opposite of to take violent or aggressive action against
“He executed an upper block to defend a hit and counter-attacked with a reverse punch.”
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Opposite of to confront through the use of military force
“The elves flanked their dwarven brethren to help defend the castle against the onslaught from the orcs.”
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(praise) Opposite of to criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly
“Many would praise him for his benevolent deeds.”
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(defend) Opposite of to criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly
“While Robin's actions were seen as criminal in the eyes of the rich, the poor would defend his deeds and regard them as an act of God.”
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Opposite of to apply oneself to, or start work on, a given task or issue
“We must resist the urge to jump straight into a project without first understanding the value and benefits it will bring to the business.”
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(usually of a disease or condition) Opposite of to affect adversely
“Eating a healthy and balanced meal will help to protect against all forms of malnutrition.”
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Opposite of to destroy or disrupt by means of sabotage
“Dad would often aid my development in tennis by taking me to extra practice sessions.”
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Opposite of to drink or consume a liquid
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Opposite of to take violent or aggressive action against
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Opposite of to bombard with bombs or artillery
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Opposite of to engage in an altercation
“Police officers would often be required to placate the protestors when they turned violent.”
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Opposite of to confront or come up against
“I order you to stand down and retreat, Captain!”
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Opposite of to defy or put up an opposition to
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Opposite of to devote effort to something
“Your body will suffer if you neglect good eating habits.”
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Opposite of to influence, usually emotionally
“You almost have to desensitize yourself to the madness just to stay sane.”
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