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.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Defensiveadjective

    Etymology: defensif, Fr. from defendens, Latin.

    He would not be persuaded by danger to offer any offence, but only to stand upon the best defensive guard he could. Philip Sidney.

    My unpreparedness for war, testifies for me, that I am set on the defensive part. Charles I .

    Defensive arms lay by, as useless here,
    Where massy balls the neighbouring rocks do tear. Edmund Waller.

    What stood, recoil’d,
    Defensive scarce, or with pale fear surpriz’d,
    Fled ignominious. John Milton.

  2. Defensivenoun

    Etymology: from the adjective.

    Wars preventive upon just fears, are true defensives, as well as on actual invasions. Francis Bacon, War with Spain.

    His majesty, not at all dismayed, resolved to stand upon the defensive only. Edward Hyde, b. viii.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Defensiveadjective

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

  2. Defensiveadjective

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

  3. Defensiveadjective

    in a state or posture of defense

  4. Defensivenoun

    that which defends; a safeguard

  5. 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. Anthony Edwards:

    The coaches from Day 1, they’ve put a lot of stress on us being a defensive team, i think we did a pretty solid job on them tonight. We all kind of bought into that and it showed tonight.

  2. Andrew Breichmanas:

    Over the last two years they have been in defensive mode and cutting costs, now they are starting to generate cash.

  3. Sean King Park Strategies:

    Considering Taiwan would only use these planes for defensive purposes, it was a short-sighted blunder on the administration’s part not to sell Taiwan the new planes,” Sean King, vice president of Park Strategies, told The Hill. “We can’t let ourselves be bullied by Beijing. After all, the United States is mainland China’s No. 1 nation-state export market. Beijing needs us more than we sometimes realize.”

  4. Rebecca Rebarich:

    The U.S. crews issued multiple warnings via bridge-to-bridge radio, five short blasts from the ships’ horns, and while the (Iranian) Harth 55 responded to the bridge-to-bridge radio queries, they continued the unsafe maneuvers, after approximately three hour of the U.S. issuing warning and conducting defensive maneuvers, the (Iranian) vessels maneuvered away from the U.S. ships and opened distance between them.

  5. The Times:

    An earlier version of this article misstated whether Rudy Giuliani received a formal warning from the F.B.I. about Russian disinformation, rudy Giuliani did not receive such a so-called defensive briefing.

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