self-de·​fen·​sive ˌself-di-ˈfen(t)-siv How to pronounce self-defensive (audio)
: of, relating to, or given to self-defense
a self-defensive person
a self-defensive attitude

Word History

First Known Use

1701, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of self-defensive was in 1701

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Cite this Entry

“Self-defensive.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 29 May. 2024.

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