What does Defensive mean?

Definitions for Defensive
dɪˈfɛn sɪvDe·fen·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defensive, defensive attitudeadjective

    an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')

  2. defensiveadjective

    intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack

    "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"

  3. defensive, justificative, justificatoryadjective

    attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing

Wiktionary

  1. defensivenoun

    A means, attitude or position of defense.

  2. defensiveadjective

    Intended for defence; protective

  3. defensiveadjective

    Intended to deter attack

  4. defensiveadjective

    Performed so as to minimise risk

  5. defensiveadjective

    Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism; compare paranoid

  6. defensiveadjective

    Of a bowling or fielding tactic designed to prevent the other side from scoring runs.; of a batting tactic designed to prevent being out.

  7. defensiveadjective

    pertaining to defense, as opposed to attack.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defensiveadjective

    serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed to offensive; as, defensive armor

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dfensif.]

  2. Defensiveadjective

    carried on by resisting attack or aggression; -- opposed to offensive; as, defensive war

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dfensif.]

  3. Defensiveadjective

    in a state or posture of defense

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dfensif.]

  4. Defensivenoun

    that which defends; a safeguard

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dfensif.]

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. defensive

    A force is said to be on the defensive, or to assume a defensive attitude, when it takes up a position to receive an attack.

British National Corpus

  1. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'Defensive' in Adjectives Frequency: #871

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Defensive in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Defensive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of Defensive in a Sentence

  1. Pete Morelli:

    The back judge threw his flag for defensive pass interference. We got other information from another official from a different angle that thought the contact was minimal and didn’t warrant pass interference. He thought it was face-guarding.

  2. The North Korean spokesman:

    This is, after all, tantamount to a demand that the DPRK should give up its self-defensive right.

  3. Chief Financial Marco Giordani:

    Having said that, there are no intentions to launch a tender offer. It is more a defensive move than an offensive move.

  4. Ben Le Brun:

    Buyers thought it was time to strike today to pick up some of these banks and high-yielding defensive names.

  5. Kyle Kuzma:

    I think we kind of gave in a little bit, on the offensive end, shots really didn’t fall, and a couple of bad possessions led to a lack of effort on the defensive end — guys getting open 3s, Rudy getting a couple of dunks, guys getting downhill a little bit easier.

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