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

Definition of offensive

  1. 1a :  making attack :  aggressive The bear made offensive movements.b :  of, relating to, or designed for attack offensive weaponsc :  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. 2 :  giving painful or unpleasant sensations :  nauseous, obnoxious an offensive odor

  3. 3 :  causing displeasure or resentment offensive remarks

offensively

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offensiveness

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

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offensiveness

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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

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offensiveness

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