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de·fen·sive

 (dĭ-fĕn′sĭv)
adj.
1. Intended or appropriate for defending; protective.
2.
a. Intended to withstand or deter aggression or attack: a defensive weapons system; defensive behavior.
b. Of or relating to the effort to prevent an opponent from gaining points in a game or athletic contest.
c. Performed so as to avoid risk, danger, or legal liability: defensive driving; defensive medicine.
3. Of or relating to defense.
4. Psychology Constantly protecting oneself from criticism, exposure of one's shortcomings, or other real or perceived threats to the ego.
n.
1. A means of defense.
2. An attitude or position of defense.
Idiom:
on the defensive
Prepared to withstand or counter aggression or attack.

de·fen′sive·ly adv.
de·fen′sive·ness n.

defensive

(dɪˈfɛnsɪv)
adj
1. intended, suitable, or done for defence, as opposed to offence
2. (Psychology) rejecting criticisms of oneself or covering up one's failings
n
3. a position of defence
4. on the defensive in an attitude or position of defence, as in being ready to reject criticism
deˈfensively adv
deˈfensiveness n

de•fen•sive

(dɪˈfɛn sɪv)

adj.
1. serving or done for the purpose of resisting attack.
2. of or pertaining to defense.
3. sensitive to the threat of criticism or injury to one's ego.
n.
4. a position or attitude of defense: on the defensive about one's mistakes.
[1350–1400; Middle English < Middle French < Medieval Latin]
de′fen′sive•ly, adv.
de•fen′sive•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.defensive - an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')defensive - an attitude of defensiveness (especially in the phrase `on the defensive')
attitude, mental attitude - a complex mental state involving beliefs and feelings and values and dispositions to act in certain ways; "he had the attitude that work was fun"
Adj.1.defensive - intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance"
protective - intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind; "a protective covering"; "the use of protective masks and equipment"; "protective coatings"; "kept the drunken sailor in protective custody"; "animals with protective coloring"; "protective tariffs"
offensive - for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"
2.defensive - attempting to justify or defend in speech or writing
apologetic, excusatory - offering or expressing apology; "an apologetic note"; "an apologetic manner"

defensive

adjective
2. oversensitive, neurotic, prickly, uptight (informal), thin-skinned, self-justifying, easily offended She heard the blustering, defensive note in his voice.
Translations
دِفاعي، وِقائي
obranný
defensivforsvars-
varnar-
obranný
obramben
savunmaya yönelik

defensive

[dɪˈfensɪv]
A. ADJ [attitude, measures, play] → defensivo
B. Ndefensiva f
to be/go on the defensiveestar/ponerse a la defensiva
C. CPD defensive works NPLfortificaciones fpl

defensive

[dɪˈfɛnsɪv]
adj
[weapon] → défensif/ive
(= self-protective) [person] → sur la défensive; [position, attitude] → défensif/ive
ndéfensive f
to be on the defensive → être sur la défensive
to put sb on the defensive → mettre qn sur la défensive

defensive

adjdefensiv (also fig); a good defensive playerein guter Verteidiger
n (Mil) → Verteidigungs- or Abwehraktion f; to be on the defensive (Mil, fig) → in der Defensive sein; to put somebody on the defensive (fig)jdn in die Defensive drängen; to go onto the defensive (fig)sich in die Defensive begeben

defensive

[dɪˈfɛnsɪv]
1. adjdifensivo/a; (person) → sulla difensiva
2. n on the defensivesulla difensiva

defend

(diˈfend) verb
1. to guard or protect against attack. The soldiers defended the castle; I am prepared to defend my opinions.
2. to conduct the defence of (a person) in a law-court.
deˈfendant noun
a person accused or sued in a law-court.
deˈfender noun
a person who defends (someone or something). the defenders of the castle.
deˈfensive (-siv) adjective
protective or resisting attack. a defensive attitude; defensive action.
References in classic literature ?
A native warrior fights as he sleeps, without the protection of anything defensive.
Hepzibah delayed a moment, while muffling herself in a faded shawl, which had been her defensive armor in a forty years' warfare against the east wind.
Dinah had heard, from various sources, what was going on, and resolved to stand on defensive and conservative ground,--mentally determined to oppose and ignore every new measure, without any actual observable contest.
There are really no blows to be given him but defensive ones.
The DEfensive isn't in my line, and the OFfensive is.
Linton; unless she made it so afterwards, by assuming the defensive for her guest.
Henry Spiker, who had hitherto been very distant, entered into a defensive alliance against us, the common enemy, and exchanged a mysterious dialogue across the table for our defeat and overthrow.
said Jem, trembling a little, and seizing his drinking-can as a defensive weapon.
And now thir mightiest quelld, the battel swerv'd, With many an inrode gor'd; deformed rout Enter'd, and foul disorder; all the ground With shiverd armour strow'n, and on a heap Chariot and Charioter lay overturnd And fierie foaming Steeds; what stood, recoyld Orewearied, through the faint Satanic Host Defensive scarse, or with pale fear surpris'd, Then first with fear surpris'd and sense of paine Fled ignominious, to such evil brought By sinne of disobedience, till that hour Not liable to fear or flight or paine.
The fore-part of his thighs, where the folds of his mantle permitted them to be seen, were also covered with linked mail; the knees and feet were defended by splints, or thin plates of steel, ingeniously jointed upon each other; and mail hose, reaching from the ankle to the knee, effectually protected the legs, and completed the rider's defensive armour.
You have spent our renewed acquaintance on the defensive against me, retorting upon me, teasing and tempting me.
Travelling hard all night, we found ourselves next morning past the plain; but the road we were in was not more commodious, the points of the rocks pierced our feet; to increase our perplexities we were alarmed with the approach of an armed troop, which our fear immediately suggested to be the Galles, who chiefly beset these passes of the mountains; we put ourselves on the defensive, and expected them, whom, upon a more exact examination, we found to be only a caravan of merchants come as usual to fetch salt.