What does defensive mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term 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

  2. Defensive(adj)

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

  3. Defensive(adj)

    in a state or posture of defense

  4. Defensive(noun)

    that which defends; a safeguard

  5. Origin: [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

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



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