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offensive

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adjective of·fen·sive \ ə-ˈfen(t)-siv , especially for sense 1 ˈä-ˌfen(t)- , ˈȯ- \

Definition of offensive

1 a :making attack :aggressive
  • The bear made offensive movements.
b :of, relating to, or designed for attack
  • offensive weapons
c :of or relating to an attempt to score in a game or contest
  • offensive maneuvers
; also :of or relating to a team in possession of the ball or puck
  • offensive linemen
2 :giving painful or unpleasant sensations :nauseous, obnoxious
  • an offensive odor
3 :causing displeasure or resentment
  • offensive remarks

offensively

adverb

offensiveness

noun

Examples of offensive in a Sentence

  1. He made some offensive remarks.

  2. An offensive odor was coming from the basement.

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First Known Use of offensive

circa 1564


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offensive

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Definition of offensive

1 :the act of an attacking party
2 :attack

Examples of offensive in a Sentence

  1. the primary offensive by the ground forces will commence at dawn tomorrow

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First Known Use of offensive

1687



OFFENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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adjective

Definition of offensive for English Language Learners

  • : causing someone to feel hurt, angry, or upset : rude or insulting

  • : very unpleasant

  • sports : of or relating to the way that players try to score against an opponent in a game or contest


offensive

noun

Definition of offensive for English Language Learners

  • : a large military attack


OFFENSIVE Defined for Kids

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offensive

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adjective of·fen·sive \ ə-ˈfen-siv \

Definition of offensive for Students

1 :causing displeasure or resentment
  • an offensive smell
  • an offensive question
2 :of or relating to the attempt to score in a game or contest
  • the offensive team
3 :made for or relating to an attack
  • offensive weapons
  • an offensive strategy

offensively

adverb

offensiveness

noun

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offensive

noun

Definition of offensive for Students

:2attack 1
  • The enemy launched an offensive.
on the offensive
:in a situation that calls for opposing action
  • The soldiers are on the offensive.

Law Dictionary

offensive

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adjective of·fen·sive \ ə-ˈfen-siv \

legal Definition of offensive

1 :of, relating to, or designed for attack
  • offensive weapons
2 :causing displeasure or resentment; especially :contrary to a particular or prevailing sense of what is decent, proper, or moral
  • depicted sexual acts in a patently offensive way
— see also obscene

offensively

adverb

offensiveness

noun


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