What does defensive mean?

Definitions for defensive
dɪˈfɛn sɪvde·fen·sive

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word defensive.

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.

ChatGPT

  1. defensive

    Defensive refers to any action, behavior, state, strategy, or mechanism intended to protect or prevent harm, injury, or attack. It typically involves measures or tactics used to guard against something undesirable or to shield oneself or something else from criticism, damage, or hostility. It can be used in various contexts such as sports, psychology, military, and more.

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

How to pronounce defensive?

How to say defensive in sign language?

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. Sonny Cumbie:

    Their defensive front is very good, we felt with some of our run schemes and some of our motions, we would be able to hit some creases. And our running backs broke some tackles. They were a good opponent, but I did feel we’d have the ability to run the football.

  2. John Royal:

    This is the first dismissal of a large group of cases en masse, specifically for the failure of the city to provide discovery of information necessary to prepare a defensive trial.

  3. Kwon Jong Gun:

    Even the U.S. president made a remark which in effect recognizes the self-defensive rights of a sovereign state, saying that it is a small missile test which a lot of countries do.

  4. Golden State:

    Steph was breathtaking in that quarter. Not just the shot-making but the defensive effort. He just doesn't get enough credit for his level of conditioning, physicality and defense.

  5. Rudy Gobert:

    We attacked the rim. We shared the ball, and we played defense. When we move the ball, we get in the paint and we move the ball like we did, I don’t think there is a one defensive scheme that can really stop us. We’ve seen them all.

Popularity rank by frequency of use

defensive#1#9544#10000

Translations for defensive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

Get even more translations for defensive »

Translation

Find a translation for the defensive definition in other languages:

Select another language:

  • - Select -
  • 简体中文 (Chinese - Simplified)
  • 繁體中文 (Chinese - Traditional)
  • Español (Spanish)
  • Esperanto (Esperanto)
  • 日本語 (Japanese)
  • Português (Portuguese)
  • Deutsch (German)
  • العربية (Arabic)
  • Français (French)
  • Русский (Russian)
  • ಕನ್ನಡ (Kannada)
  • 한국어 (Korean)
  • עברית (Hebrew)
  • Gaeilge (Irish)
  • Українська (Ukrainian)
  • اردو (Urdu)
  • Magyar (Hungarian)
  • मानक हिन्दी (Hindi)
  • Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Italiano (Italian)
  • தமிழ் (Tamil)
  • Türkçe (Turkish)
  • తెలుగు (Telugu)
  • ภาษาไทย (Thai)
  • Tiếng Việt (Vietnamese)
  • Čeština (Czech)
  • Polski (Polish)
  • Bahasa Indonesia (Indonesian)
  • Românește (Romanian)
  • Nederlands (Dutch)
  • Ελληνικά (Greek)
  • Latinum (Latin)
  • Svenska (Swedish)
  • Dansk (Danish)
  • Suomi (Finnish)
  • فارسی (Persian)
  • ייִדיש (Yiddish)
  • հայերեն (Armenian)
  • Norsk (Norwegian)
  • English (English)

Word of the Day

Would you like us to send you a FREE new word definition delivered to your inbox daily?

Please enter your email address:


Citation

Use the citation below to add this definition to your bibliography:

Style:MLAChicagoAPA

"defensive." Definitions.net. STANDS4 LLC, 2024. Web. 5 Mar. 2024. <https://www.definitions.net/definition/defensive>.

Discuss these defensive definitions with the community:

0 Comments

    Are we missing a good definition for defensive? Don't keep it to yourself...

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Chrome

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Free, no signup required:

    Add to Firefox

    Get instant definitions for any word that hits you anywhere on the web!

    Browse Definitions.net

    Quiz

    Are you a words master?

    »
    a state of irritation or annoyance
    • A. caddie
    • B. descant
    • C. huff
    • D. excogitate

    Nearby & related entries:

    Alternative searches for defensive: