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as in protective
intended to resist or prevent attack or aggression a defensive alliance among the small nations against the aggressors

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as in guard
a position of readiness to oppose actual or expected attack their unexpectedly harsh words put him on the defensive

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“Defensive.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2024.

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