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

Definition of defensive

  1. 1 :  serving to defend or protect defensive fortifications

  2. 2a :  devoted to resisting or preventing aggression or attack defensive behavior He became defensive when I brought up his spending habits.b sports :  of or relating to the attempt to keep an opponent from scoring in a game or contest a player with good defensive skills made a brilliant defensive play

  3. 3 card games a :  valuable in defensive play a defensive card in bridgeb :  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.

Origin and Etymology of defensive

see 1defense


First Known Use: 14th century


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defensive

noun de·fen·sive

Definition of defensive

  1. :  a position serving to protect or defend :  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 opponent on the defensive

Examples of defensive in a Sentence

  1. their unexpectedly harsh words put him on the defensive

Origin and Etymology of defensive

see 1defense


First Known Use: 1601



DEFENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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

Definition of defensive for English Language Learners

  • : 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


DEFENSIVE Defined for Kids

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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

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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

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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

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