What does defensive mean?

Definitions for defensive
dɪˈfɛn sɪvde·fen·sive

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. defensive, defensive attitude(adj)

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

  2. defensive(adj)

    intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack

    "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"

  3. defensive, justificative, justificatory(adj)

    attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing

Wiktionary

  1. defensive(Noun)

    A means, attitude or position of defense.

  2. defensive(Adjective)

    Intended for defence; protective

  3. defensive(Adjective)

    Intended to deter attack

  4. defensive(Adjective)

    Performed so as to minimise risk

  5. defensive(Adjective)

    Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism; compare paranoid

  6. defensive(Adjective)

    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. defensive(Adjective)

    pertaining to defense, as opposed to attack.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defensive(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dfensif.]

  2. Defensive(adj)

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

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dfensif.]

  3. Defensive(adj)

    in a state or posture of defense

    Etymology: [Cf. F. dfensif.]

  4. Defensive(noun)

    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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  1. Alex
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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. Dana White:

    Consistent with President Trump's commitment and in concert with our Republic of South Korea ally, the United States military has suspended all planning for this August's defensive' wargame'( Freedom Guardian), we are still coordinating additional actions. No decisions on subsequent wargames have been made.

  2. Dan Ivascyn:

    The Income Fund benefited from defensive positioning in the energy sectors and the recovery in the higher quality segments of the emerging markets.

  3. Bob Smith:

    The underlying fundamentals are horrible, why would I want to give up on a defensive position now?

  4. Haskell Garrett:

    Games like this will be won up front, if you cant move offensive and defensive lines, then you have no chance at winning. Offensive and defensive linemen are unsung heroes. We might not get the glamour and the flash, but its won up front and the better front is going to win this game.

  5. James Nobles:

    So Paul Ricotta wasnt even there, Matthew Rich said. Officer Specksgoor was on the scene at Jefferson Avenue, however at the time the defensive tactic was applied, Officer Specksgoor was in Officer Specksgoor patrol car and could not see what was happening. Protests flared in the city and elsewhere in the nation in the wake of Prudes death. A handful of demonstrators were arrested on Thursday outside the building where the press conference was being held, WROC.com reported. CLICK HERE TO GET THE FOX NEWS APP Theres no question its a tragic situation for Mr. Prudes family, and there may need to be conversations about training and mental health intervention.

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