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Adjective: defensive  di'fen-siv
  1. Intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack
    "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
     
  2. Attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
    - justificative, justificatory
     
  3. Sensitive to criticism, trying to avoid or challenge any criticism
Noun: defensive  di'fen-siv
  1. An attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase 'on the defensive')
    - defensive attitude

Derived forms: defensives

See also: antiaircraft, antisubmarine, antitank, apologetic, defending, en garde, excusatory, protective

Type of: attitude, mental attitude

Antonym: offensive

Encyclopedia: Defensive