defensive, defensive attitude(adj)
an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack
"defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
defensive, justificative, justificatory(adj)
attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
A means, attitude or position of defense.
Intended for defence; protective
Intended to deter attack
Performed so as to minimise risk
Displaying an inordinate sensitivity to criticism; compare paranoid
Of a bowling or fielding tactic designed to prevent the other side from scoring runs.; of a batting tactic designed to prevent being out.
pertaining to defense, as opposed to attack.
serving to defend or protect; proper for defense; opposed to offensive; as, defensive armor
carried on by resisting attack or aggression; -- opposed to offensive; as, defensive war
in a state or posture of defense
that which defends; a safeguard
Origin: [Cf. F. dfensif.]
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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
Rank popularity for the word 'defensive' in Adjectives Frequency: #871
The numerical value of defensive in Chaldean Numerology is: 6
The numerical value of defensive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8
Examples of defensive in a Sentence
Treat next year as being more defensive in your approach.
My assessment is (Islamic State) is halted, on the defensive.
The attractions of the more defensive or stable parts in equities are clear.
No way, we should not allow them to infiltrate security and defensive installations.
It was startled, Chase Dellwo was startled ; the bear engaged in a defensive attack.
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