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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 ?
The second is passive, defensive,--to it belongs the "struggle for existence.
Security against defeat implies defensive tactics; ability to defeat the enemy means taking the offensive.
If this is true, it is not only necessary to have walls, but care must be taken that they may be a proper ornament to the city, as well as a defence in time of war; not only according to the old methods, but the modern improvements also: for as those who make offensive war endeavour by every way possible to gain advantages over their adversaries, so should those who are upon the defensive employ all the means already known, and such new ones as philosophy can invent, to defend themselves: for those who are well prepared are seldom first attacked.
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.
From these considerations it appears that those gentlemen are greatly mistaken who suppose that alliances offensive and defensive might be formed between these confederacies, and would produce that combination and union of wills of arms and of resources, which would be necessary to put and keep them in a formidable state of defense against foreign enemies.
But though thus unoffending in their policy, they are called upon continually to wage defensive warfare; especially with the Blackfeet; with whom, in the course of their hunting expeditions, they come in frequent collision and have desperate battles.
On returning to France, to the bosom of the great, strong, magnificent, peaceful, and glorious fatherland, I should have proclaimed her frontiers immutable; all future wars purely defensive, all aggrandizement antinational.
and at the same instant rose from her chair with a knife in her hand, with which, most probably, she would have executed very tragical vengeance, had not the girl taken the advantage of being nearer the door than her mistress, and avoided her fury by running away: for, as to the poor husband, whether surprize had rendered him motionless, or fear (which is full as probable) had restrained him from venturing at any opposition, he sat staring and trembling in his chair; nor did he once offer to move or speak, till his wife, returning from the pursuit of Jenny, made some defensive measures necessary for his own preservation; and he likewise was obliged to retreat, after the example of the maid.
They are all on the defensive, lose their tempers, as though they all want to make one feel something.
said Jem, trembling a little, and seizing his drinking-can as a defensive weapon.
Relying too much on the offensive weapons of their acute angles instead of the defensive organs of good sense and seasonable simulation, these reckless creatures too often neglect the prescribed construction of the women's apartments, or irritate their wives by ill-advised expressions out of doors, which they refuse immediately to retract.
The Museum of the Faculty of Medicine of Paris possesses one of these defensive weapons, two yards and a quarter in length, and fifteen inches in diameter at the base.