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

How to pronounce defensive?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say defensive in sign language?

  1. defensive

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. Brian Brennan:

    Treat next year as being more defensive in your approach.

  2. James Terry:

    My assessment is (Islamic State) is halted, on the defensive.

  3. Goldman Sachs:

    The attractions of the more defensive or stable parts in equities are clear.

  4. Ayatollah Ali Khamenei:

    No way, we should not allow them to infiltrate security and defensive installations.

  5. Chase Dellwo , 26:

    It was startled, Chase Dellwo was startled ; the bear engaged in a defensive attack.

Images & Illustrations of defensive

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