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defensive

adjective

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

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defensive

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of defensive (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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The first known use of defensive was in the 14th century

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“Defensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/defensive. Accessed 23 Sep. 2021.

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