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defensive

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adjective de·fen·sive \di-ˈfen(t)-siv, ˈdē-ˌ\

Simple Definition of defensive

  • : defending or protecting someone or something from attack : helping to keep a person or thing safe

  • : behaving in a way that shows that you feel people are criticizing you

  • sports : of or relating to the way that players try to stop an opponent from scoring in a game or contest

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of defensive

  1. 1 :  serving to defend or protect <defensive fortifications>

  2. 2 a :  devoted to resisting or preventing aggression or attack <defensive behavior> b :  of or relating to the attempt to keep an opponent from scoring in a game or contest <a player with good defensive skills>

  3. 3 a :  valuable in defensive play <a defensive card in bridge> b :  designed to keep an opponent from being the highest bidder <a defensive bid>

defensively

adverb

defensiveness

noun

Examples of defensive in a sentence

  1. The city began building a defensive wall around its borders.

  2. The government decided to join a defensive alliance with several other nations.

  3. I was surprised by his defensive reaction to my suggestion.

  4. There's no need to get so defensive. I was only making a suggestion.

  5. When we asked her about the mistakes, she became defensive.

  6. The coach has a strong defensive strategy.



14th Century

First Known Use of defensive

14th century


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defensive

noun de·fen·sive

Definition of defensive

  1. :  a defensive position

on the defensive

  1. :  in the state or condition of being prepared or required to defend against attack or criticism <keeping his political rivals on the defensive>



Examples of defensive in a sentence

  1. <their unexpectedly harsh words put him on the defensive>



1601

First Known Use of defensive

1601

Rhymes with defensive



DEFENSIVE Defined for Kids

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defensive

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adjective de·fen·sive \di-ˈfen-siv\

Definition of defensive for Students

  1. 1 :  serving or meant to defend or protect <a defensive structure>

  2. 2 :  relating to the attempt to keep an opponent from scoring <a defensive play>

  3. 3 :  showing a dislike for criticism <She got defensive about my suggestion.>

defensively

adverb



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defensive

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noun de·fen·sive

Definition of defensive for Students

  1. :  a position or attitude that is meant to defend <The criticism put him on the defensive.>




Medical Dictionary

defensive

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adjective de·fen·sive \di-ˈfen(t)-siv, ˈdē-ˌ\

Medical Definition of defensive

  1. 1:  serving to defend or protect (as the ego) <face-saving is a common defensive reaction—Psychology Today>

  2. 2:  devoted to resisting or preventing aggression or attack <defensive behavior>

defensively

adverb

defensiveness

noun



Law Dictionary

defensive

adjective de·fen·sive

Legal Definition of defensive

  1. 1 :  serving to defend or as part of a defense <a defensive pleading>

  2. 2 :  devoted to resisting or preventing aggressive actions <a defensive recapitalization…to escape a takeover attempt — Barbara Franklin>

defensively

adverb




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