Thesaurus

defensive

adjective

Synonyms and Antonyms of defensive

  1. intended to resist or prevent attack or aggression a defensive alliance among the small nations against the aggressors Synonyms of defensive protective, self-protective Words Related to defensive deterrent, preventive; safe, secure Near Antonyms of defensive aggressive, bellicose, belligerent, combative, contentious, in-your-face, militant, pugnacious, quarrelsome, scrappy, truculent, warlike Antonyms of defensive offensive


defensive

noun

Synonyms and Antonyms of defensive

  1. a position of readiness to oppose actual or expected attack their unexpectedly harsh words put him on the defensive Synonyms of defensive guard Words Related to defensive alert, lookout, qui vive, watch Antonyms of defensive offensive



Seen and Heard

What made you want to look up defensive? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!

WORD OF THE DAY

readily predictable

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!