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offensive

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

Definition of offensive

  1. 1 a :  making attack :  aggressive b :  of, relating to, or designed for attack <offensive weapons> c :  of or relating to an attempt to score in a game or contest; also :  of or relating to a team in possession of the ball or puck

  2. 2 :  giving painful or unpleasant sensations :  nauseous, obnoxious <an offensive odor>

  3. 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.

Circa 1564

First Known Use of offensive

circa 1564


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offensive

noun of·fen·sive

Definition of offensive

  1. 1 :  the act of an attacking party

  2. 2 :  attack

Examples of offensive in a sentence

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

1687

First Known Use of offensive

1687



OFFENSIVE Defined for English Language Learners

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offensive

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

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


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offensive

noun of·fen·sive

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. 1 :  causing displeasure or resentment <an offensive smell> <an offensive question>

  2. 2 :  of or relating to the attempt to score in a game or contest <the offensive team>

  3. 3 :  made for or relating to an attack <offensive weapons> <an offensive strategy>

offensively

adverb

offensiveness

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offensive

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noun of·fen·sive

Definition of offensive for Students

  1. :  2attack 1 <The enemy launched an offensive.>

on the offensive

  1. :  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. 1 :  of, relating to, or designed for attack <offensive weapons>

  2. 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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