What is the opposite of attacks?

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Noun
Opposite of plural for an aggressive and violent physical act against a person or object
“Wearing sunglasses is the best defense against the sun's ultraviolet rays.”
Noun
Opposite of plural for a military strike or incursion
“They made their retreat when the local tribes began to show some aggression.”
Noun
Opposite of plural for an instance of fierce public criticism or opposition
“His defense was that he was only trying to protect himself and his family.”
Noun
Opposite of plural for 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 plural for a sudden short bout of an illness or stress
“Probiotics can be used to provide defense against illnesses.”
Noun
(usually of a disease or condition) Opposite of plural for the act of being adversely affected
“Teresa may be getting on with age, but she still seems to be in good health.”
Verb
Opposite of to take sudden, violent action against
“He executed an upper block to defend a hit and counter-attacked with a reverse punch.”
Verb
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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Opposite of to criticize or oppose fiercely and publicly
“Many would praise him for his benevolent deeds.”
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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.”
Verb
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.”
Verb
(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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