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