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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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adv.1.defensively - in an apologetic and defensive manner; "`I felt it better you should know,' said Sir Cedric defensively"
2.defensively - in a defensive manner; "the general conviction that our side is in the right and acting defensively over what Russians call the German question and Americans the Berlin crisis"
offensively - in an aggressive manner; "`In this crisis, we must act offensively,' the President said"; "the admiral intends to act offensively in the Mediterranean"

defensively

adverb in self-defence, in defence, suspiciously, on the defensive `It's nothing to do with me,' he said defensively.
Translations

defensively

[dɪˈfensɪvlɪ] ADV [say] → en tono defensivo (Sport) [play] → de defensa

defensively

[dɪˈfɛnsɪvli] adv
[say] → sur la défensive
[play] → défensivement

defensively

adv (also Sport) → defensiv
References in classic literature ?
He crooked his left arm defensively about his head and fought with cursing fury.
It was what the French call a petit bourg; it lay at the base of a sort of huge mound on the summit of which stood the crumbling ruins of a feudal castle, much of whose sturdy material, as well as that of the wall which dropped along the hill to inclose the clustered houses defensively, had been absorbed into the very substance of the village.
Though I don't believe everything Henry says," she added a little defensively.
It was probably the best we've been defensively all season.
He is repaying us and his influence has helped us defensively.
And, although Celtic took clubbings from PSG in the Champions League, the boss said: "There's a lot of focus on our boys defensively but there has to be a bit of respect and reality as to who they are playing against.
Rodgers, who has added German veteran Marvin Compper, said: "There's a lot of focus on our boys defensively but there has to be a bit of respect and reality as to who they are playing against.
The Raiders clamped down defensively in the second half, holding Streamwood to 14 points after the break.
TERRY Martin expects another offensive explosion from the Newcastle Eagles - but insists Fab Flournoy's side must raise their game defensively.
TERRY Martin expects another offensive explosion from the Newcastle Eagles tomorrow - but insists Fab Flournoy's side must raise their game defensively.
We controlled the game defensively, although they scored a 'worldie', which we are disappointed about.
Middlesbrough defensively and 5 with to beat to nil are 5/1 (Bwin) and West Brom 17/2.