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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.
Alan Shearer says Liverpool have shown some worrying signs defensively this season ahead of their Premier League clash withArsenal.
He'll mastermind an away win liverpool S'ampton 1-4 Still a lot to work on defensively for Southampton and Liverpool looking in a ruthless mood going forward!
7 JOE GOMEZ Preferred to Matip once again, caught dozing defensively on more than one occasion.
foundation was work - I important stabilise defensively Siewert "Well it will be shown on Monday," said Siewert.
CITY RATED BY CHARLOTTE DUNCKER Bravo A spectator, didn't touch the ball in the first half and remained rooted to the spot for goal 6 WALKER Pushed up high to try and boost City's attack, didn't have anything to do defensively at all 7 STONES Barely anything to do, Guardiola had instructions during the water break after a couple of misplaced passes 6 LAPORTE Similar to Stones, was relatively untested.
"He has as all the attributes we are looking for." He added: "He works hard defensively, makes himself available to receive the ball and uses it well when in possession.
The Panthers struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Hillsboro, giving up 17 runs.
'We weren't able to sustain our job defensively in the last five minutes.