What does defensive mean?

Definitions for defensive
dɪˈfɛn sɪvde·fen·sive

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word defensive.

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

How to pronounce defensive?

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    Alex
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    Daniel
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    Karen
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How to say defensive in sign language?

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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. Joseph Dunford:

    No single system is going to be able to defend against a threat like that, but a layered system of defensive capabilities would mitigate the risk of swarms of drones or other attacks that may come from Iran.

  2. John Kasich:

    I served on a hospital board that has 55 hospitals around the country. I did my duty well and I made it clear that I was opposed to Obamacare and that it didn't serve the best views of the country. I didn't profit off of it, john's problem is that he embraced Obamacare, thought it was right for Ohio ... he was proud of it before, not sure why he is so defensive of it now.

  3. Jamie Allen:

    The usual cycle is that investors come along, make recommendations, and the mere fact that it's done publicly often is very off-putting to boards, so their initial reaction is to be very defensive and to react against them, but if the idea is a good one, then quite often the company will start taking them seriously.

  4. Damian Lillard:

    Tried to get a little bit of space. ... Andre Iguodala grabbed my arm and I lost the ball a bit, there was a lot of contact, but obviously the ref is not going to decide the game or jump in at that point. So... good defensive play.

  5. Alireza Jafarzadeh:

    The engineering unit that is charged and tasked with actually building the bomb in a secret way for the Iranian regime is called the Organization of Defensive Innovation and Research.

Images & Illustrations of defensive

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