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what is the difference between protect yourselves and defend yourselves Dear I want to know what is the difference between protect yourselves and defend yourselves. Here is the sentence I get: Teach kids like you to be strong, defend yourselves. But look at you, you are in the wrong side. Looking forwards to your prompt reply. Best Regards Eden
Nov 18, 2014 4:51 PM
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You defend and protect yourselves from different things. Defend is the opposite of attack, so someone might learn martial arts in order to defend themselves from violence and physical assault. You might defend yourself by fighting back. Protect means to keep safe. For example, you need to take measures, such as using antibiotics or having vaccinations, in order to protect yourself from infection and diseases.
November 18, 2014
Su.Ki's answer is correct. Let me offer a somewhat different explanation. First of all, the meanings of the two words tend to overlap and there is not always a clear distinction between the two in everyday usage. They are sometimes used interchangeably. That said... To "protect" is proactive or prophylactic. It suggests an action taken in advance of a possible threat. To "defend" can also be proactive but is more often reactive to an actual attack. That is, unlike protecting against a possible or expected attack in the future, one defends against an actual or imminent threat. And finally... there is a saying "The best defense is a good offense." As Su.Ki said, sometimes you defend by fighting back.
November 18, 2014
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Chinese (Mandarin), English, Korean
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