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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. Rory Powe:

    Some of the consumer staples considered to be defensive have quite significant exposure to China ... They aren't necessarily a sanctuary.

  2. President Hassan Rouhani:

    With regards to our defensive capability, we did not and will not accept any limitations, we will do whatever we need to do to defend our country, whether with missiles or other methods.

  3. Denzel Valentine:

    We just started playing poised basketball, we were just taking advantage of mismatches, just playing really smart, and also our energy picked up on the defensive end.

  4. John McCain:

    Providing defensive lethal assistance to Ukraine is not inconsistent with the search for a political solution, it is an essential component to achieving it, nothing about this deal has changed that.

  5. Takeshi Kamigouchi:

    When we listen to our customers there's no sign of dramatic improvement. They're still living in a defensive mode, but three to four years ago the number of customers was dire. The number of customers has been improving in the past two years, which is encouraging and good for our business.

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